State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Social Security
Shelley Moore Capito:
Raise payroll cap above $200,000
Q: What measures do you support to making social security solvent again?
Capito: "I do believe we should bust the [payroll] cap on the social security taxes and I'd be willing to take it above the $200,000 number."
Tennant: "I am supportive of
raising the cap to $240,000. Another way that we can keep social security solvent is, quite simply, raise minimum wage. If you have more people getting paid, they're going to pay into social security more."
Source: WV MetroNews on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate
Oct 8, 2014
Earl Ray Tomblin:
Privatize W.V.'s workers' compensation system
We must be responsible stewards of State finances. We did that with our West Virginia Unemployment Trust Fund. Our fund is stable and solvent. While 27 other states have had to borrow billions from the federal government to pay benefits, we have not
borrowed one dime!
We took the necessary steps to reform and privatize our workers' compensation system. That effort has resulted in rates that have been reduced by more than 47% since 2005. Our premiums are now below the national average!
Source: West Virginia 2012 State of the State Address
Jan 11, 2012
Allow investing payroll tax in private accounts
Wolfe indicates support of the following principles regarding Social Security.
Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test
Aug 8, 2008
- Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
Bush’s “federal program” flub indicates ingrained hostility
[Bush] sent a spokesperson out there to say ‘He misspoke, Social Security is a federal program.’ But it wasn’t a slip of the tongue. It was an expression of ingrained hostility to our ability as Americans to work through the instruments of self-governmen
that our founders wrote into our Constitution. There is a preference on the other side for a dog-eat-dog, ‘every-person-to-himself’ mentality that works fine for the very wealthy, but does not work very well for those who are struggling to get by.
Source: Speech in West Virginia
Nov 4, 2000
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