CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – “I beg all of you to join me in releasing West Virginia income tax,” West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said at his State of the State address Wednesday night.
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$ 2.1 billion of West Virginia’s $ 4.5 billion budget comes from income tax.
Now Governor Justice wants to eliminate the tax on working West Virgins. But there remains a big question. How would the state make up for the lost money?
Justice says, “We have to do something that will affect the normal human being because we have to raise sales tax by one and a half percent. If we want to get rid of our income tax. We must try to impose an additional tax on cigarettes and soda. ”
Some lawmakers say the plan will relieve the working class and keep the people in the state. “Who is moving out of the state? It is the working West Virgins. They are moving out of the state to get work. So if we can make the cargo lighter, we can keep it. “Said State Senator Rollan Roberts (R) -Raleigh.
While others say the idea is flawed. “If we want to keep our young people here. If that is the stated goal, then there are many ways we can do what our young people tell us about every day. I’ve never had a young person tell me, “Oh, if I didn’t have to pay income tax, I’d stay,” said Senator Steve Baldwin (D) – Greenbrier.
Governor Justice added that now, more than ever, is the time to take this step. To say, “It’s your real chance. The stimulus will subside. Covid will wear off. Ask yourself Stand back and ask yourself how did they get Gunna? How did you get Gunna? “
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