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GOVERNOR JUSTICE HOLDS BUDGET SUMMIT WITH LEADERS FROM ACROSS WEST VIRGINIA; SAYS PASS THE BUDGET, BUILD THE ROADS AND SUPPORT HIS PLAN

Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, and advocates across the spectrum stand with Governor's plan

 

CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Jim Justice was joined by a wide cross-section of state leaders today as he again provided budget options and implored the Legislature to get a budget passed that won't cripple West Virginia.

  

"Today we have a room full of the biggest and brightest here that have all said they are willing to pull the rope and cross the finish line together," Governor Justice said. "We have five days left in the regular session and if it doesn't get done you'd better get out the sleeping bags because we're going to stay here forevermore. I urge all West Virginians to call their lawmakers and encourage them to get the job done."

 

More than 20 representatives of business, labor, public education, higher education, energy, tourism, veterans, senior citizens and disability advocates appeared with Governor Justice to support his plans.

 

Governor Justice offered an update as to solutions he has put forth to resolve the budget crisis and put the state on a pathway to recovery and growth.

 

The Governor's Preferred Plan-Recovery VS Death

The plan preserves the Teacher Pay Raise

The plan preserves the Greyhound Breeders Fund

Cuts measuring $55 million

Consumer Sales Tax will be raised from 6 percent to 6.25 percent ($50 million)

A Commercial Activities Tax of .00045 of 1 percent on businesses ($45 million)

Raise the Pop Tax by 2 cents per container ($30 million)

Raise Cigarette Tax by 20 cents per pack ($20 million)

Wealthy West Virginians ($8 million)

$500 for those making more than $200,000

$750 for those making more than $250,000

$1,000 for those making more than $300,000

Eliminate sales tax exemptions for telecommunications ($60 million), Electronic Data Processing ($6 million) and Health Clubs ($2 million), totaling $68 million

Eliminate the general fund transfer to highways ($12 million)

Increase Beer barrel tax from $5.50 to $8 ($3 million)

No greater cuts that would cripple our state NEEDED

  

The Governor's Alternative Plan-Recovery VS Death

The plan preserves the Teacher Pay Raise

The plan preserves the Greyhound Breeders Fund

Cuts measuring $55 million

Consumer Sales Tax will be raised from 6 percent to 6.5 percent ($100 million)

A Commercial Activities Tax of .00045 of 1 percent on businesses ($45 million)

Wealthy West Virginians ($8 million)

$500 for those making more than $200,000

$750 for those making more than $250,000

$1,000 for those making more than $300,000

Eliminate sales tax exemptions for telecommunications ($60 million), Electronic Data Processing ($6 million) and Health Clubs ($2 million), totaling $68 million

Eliminate the general fund transfer to highways ($12 million)

Increase Beer barrel tax from $5.50 to $8 ($3 million)

No greater cuts that would cripple our state NEEDED

  

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Taken on April 3, 2017