CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – On Thursday, Gov. Justice passed the W.Va. Senate bill to repeal the state income tax as a unique opportunity to bring more jobs to the state and make more money in the pockets of all West Virgins. ‘
The Senate passes the amended version of the Income Tax Act with 18-16 votes
Governor Jim Justice made the following statement, commending Senate President Craig Blair and the West Virginia Senate for adopting an amended version of HB 3300 on Wednesday evening:
“I applaud the Senate for stepping on the table and telling a bill that would completely change the status quo for West Virginia. I am particularly pleased with how the Senate Republicans have shown a great deal of compassion for those who are our low-paid workers. Restoring my tax credits – ensuring justice for all West Virgins – so that everyone has more money in their pockets after they are passed than they do today. I’m also excited to see our coal and gas partners who have chosen to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. This entire plan has always been about us all pulling the rope together. “
“Gone are the days of accepting population and job losses in West Virginia. We put our heads together to devise a plan that all West Virgins can be proud of – a plan that takes advantage of the golden opportunity to bring more businesses, jobs, and people to the state, increase wages and home values, and get stuck in first day more positive net dollars in every West Virginian’s pocket. “
“With my support and the support of the Senate, we are two thirds of the way to make this dream a reality. We will continue to work with Members of the House to get this bill across the line. I firmly believe that if we share with them the undeniable benefits of our plan, it will become clear that the income tax abolition will improve the lives of all Western Virgins. I continue to encourage the House to be open-minded and stop scaring people by skewing the effects of small tax increases while leaving out the large scale of tax deductions and rebate checks that are also part of the plan. At the end of the day, everyone – EVERYONE – will have more money in their pockets. “
“There is no doubt; this is a turning point in the history of our great state. We cannot afford to shy away from the opportunity that lies directly ahead of us. As Western Virgins, it is in our blood to be active in such great moments . This state was forged by brave climbers who weren’t afraid to take control of their own destiny. We are carving our state out of a harsh landscape and turning it into paradise. Now that we’re back in the for the first time in a long time With the world in the spotlight, we have the chance to take a bold step forward, take the bull by the horns and set our own course for the future. This is our moment to see an avalanche of people, businesses, jobs and money to West Virginia. The most important bill of our lives is two-thirds of the way there. Now is our time. Let’s make it happen! “
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