LWV Action Alert: Tax Plan

ACTION ALERT – Ask your legislators to approve a tax plan that will be progressive and support needed state services.

Starting about 10 years ago the state decreased business taxes with the aim of improving the economic climate in WV. We have fewer jobs now along with a $600 million cut from the state budget and a decrease in support for post high school education and other services for our people.

The Senate’s revenue plan is gradually to phase out the income tax, and raise the consumption tax to 7.5%. Both the Senate and House favor broadening the base for the consumption tax.

  • The League of Women Voters supports a progressive personal income tax. With the preponderance of our people having low or moderate incomes it is unjustifiable to shift away from the progressive income tax to a high consumption tax that levies more taxes on those with lower incomes. Under the Senate’s plan predictions for WV’s tax income continues to decrease. WV should not repeat Kansas’ errors that decreased its income tax so much that Kansas could not adequately support essential services such as its public schools.Its bond rating was downgraded. Kansas’ Supreme Court ruled that education funding is inadequate. We should learn from other states’ mistakes.
  • WV should not raise the consumption tax so high that our border businesses can not be competitive. Consumption taxes particularly affect small businesses.
  • Broadening the consumption tax to other businesses and services is acceptable.
  • WV must not continue to reduce funding for post high school educational opportunities. They are essential for our people’s progress as well as economic development.
  • WV must not reduce funding for Medicaid, a service for the elderly, handicapped, and low income workers. With our severe opiod epidemic we need to fund programs that will alleviate that situation.

Links –

Senate Roll call – http://www.wvlegislature.gov/legisdocs/2017/1X/votes/senate/05-24-0026.pdf

House Roll call – http://www.wvlegislature.gov/legisdocs/2017/1X/votes/house/00626.pdf

List of Senators and contact information – http://www.legis.state.wv.us/senate1/roster.cfm

List of Delegates and contact information – http://www.legis.state.wv.us/House/roster.cfm

If you do not know the name of your senators and delegates, here is a link that gives you a list of all our representatives — all you have to do is put in your address. https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

WV Center for Budget and Policy features articles on the proposed taxes – http://www.wvpolicy.org/

The LWVWV believes that the state tax system should be broadly based, rely on diverse sources of income, provide an adequate, stable yield, and treat taxpayers equitably. It should include components based on ability to pay, take into account the economic impact of individual taxes, and should be simple to administer.

The LWVWV opposes any tax reform or change which negatively affects the state’s or local government’s ability to provide necessary services.