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Americans for Prosperity: West Virginia Should Cut Taxes

Jan 3, 2023 by AFP

New op-ed calls on legislature to enact “once-in-a-generation tax cuts that will put thousands of dollars back in the pockets of hardworking West Virginia families”

CHARLESTON, WV — Americans for Prosperity – West Virginia (AFP-WV) State Director Jason Huffman wrote an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail urging the legislature to enact “once-in-a-generation” tax cuts this session.

An excerpt is below. The full op-ed is here.

“Because West Virginia lawmakers have championed the rapid adoption of pro-growth policies and fiscal responsibility, they have a historic opportunity to transform the Mountain State by enacting once-in-a-generation tax cuts that will put thousands of dollars back in the pockets of hardworking West Virginia families to invest in their lives and livelihoods…

“Our current income tax is an outdated and detrimental holdover from West Virginia’s tax-and-spend past. The state’s top personal income tax rate of 6.5% is the 17th-highest in the nation — higher than in every state we border and much higher than deep-blue Maryland’s 5.75%. West Virginians making the national median income of $44,000 pay 6%, nearly twice as much as middle-income Pennsylvanians…

“West Virginia’s unrivaled natural beauty, the advent of remote work, the global trajectory of natural gas demand, the millions of families in nearby states looking to escape tax-and spend governments, the track record of prudent tax reforms in other states, our current indefensibly high income tax rate, and a budget surplus all point to the same thing: It’s time for state lawmakers to step up to meet the moment by keeping their promise to enact bold, transformational tax cuts that will help generations of West Virginians thrive and quickly usher in a new era of prosperity for our state.”