State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Tax Reform

Patrick Morrisey: Favors a flat tax

The current tax system is riddled with loopholes that rewards politically connected corporations at the expense of hardworking taxpayers and small business owners. A simpler, flatter tax system will kick-start economic growth and empower entrepreneurs to create new businesses and hire new employees.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senatorial website Oct 1, 2017

Paula Jean Swearengin: Cut taxes for middle/working class

Our plan lowers taxes and provides tax rebates/refunds to working and middle class people. We will eliminate the need to file federal taxes, since, for regular W2 employees, the government already knows what you owe. We will bring U.S. corporate taxes into line with global norms, and slash tax loopholes and giveaways in the tax code which they overwhelmingly benefit big business.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senate campaign website Jul 17, 2017

Jim Justice: Increase fees, gas tax, and business tax to close deficit

Now, the truth is, it's time for gigantic decisions. The past 4 years, we've lived off Rainy Day. And we've lived off the low-hanging fruit that we could cut away. We've cut probably $600 million of waste.

Now, there are two ways you can get there. The first way is to just cut more. Are you willing to eliminate all of our state parks? Are you willing to eliminate all of your colleges and universities other than Marshall and WVU? Shut them down? Are you really truly willing to gut your seniors?

You gotta cut all that we can possibly cut. But I've got to have everybody in this state pay a half of a penny in additional sales tax. There is no way around it. I've got to have you pay instead of $30 in DMV fees, I've got to have you pay $50. I've got to have our businesses pay 0.2% in a tax that would be equivalent to a B&O tax. And the last thing is I've got to have ten cents a gallon on gasoline. Now, I am telling you: If you don't do this, you're dead. You're dead beyond belief.

Source: 2017 West Virginia State of the State address Feb 8, 2017

Bill Cole: Work with legislature to reform our tax code

A mass endorsement from Republican lawmakers has given West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole a commanding lead in rallying political backers for his gubernatorial bid. The Bill Cole for Governor campaign announced that Cole has been endorsed by every state Senate Republican as well as 49 Republican members of the House of Delegates.

In response to the 67 endorsements, to combating our growing drug epidemic," he said. "I look forward to working with them to reform our tax code, improve our education system and strengthen our transportation network."

Source: Charleston Daily Mail: 2016 West Virginia gubernatorial race Jun 23, 2015

Bob Wise: Top-to-bottom review of business taxes & regulations

I will conduct a complete top-to-bottom review of the various tax incentives that have been developed for business over the past several decades. We need to see which ones work, and strengthen them; we need to see if any are ineffective, and direct those resources elsewhere. And we need to study the tax incentives available in other states and countries and see where we can be more competitive.

We will remove obstacles in state government to business start-ups. We will provide one-stop shopping -available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the Internet - to entrepreneurs who want to do business in West Virginia. Most new businesses are started by people who already have a day job - and canít afford to take time off to stand in lines at state offices.

I am also ordering a review of the stateís regulatory rules and practices. Regulation is important, and can be a shield against unfair practices - if it is effective, and if it is not burdensome.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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