Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Unfair

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Unfair

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Shifting tax burden

The Legislature's current proposal to replace West Virginia's personal income tax with higher sales taxes would serve that purpose. Progressive income taxes take most from high incomes - from those best able to pay - while sales taxes take a lot from little folks. Ted Boettner, of the nonprofit Center on Budget & Policy, says this isn't the sort of "tax reform West Virginia needs. He added:

"We have a growing issue of income inequality all over the country and in West Virginia, too. This would just exacerbate that problem.

The personal income tax supplies $200 million yearly, 45 percent of revenue going into the state's general fund. It would be a shame to shift that load more heavily onto moderate-income people.

Some conservative legislators argue that states without a personal income tax enjoy better economic growth, because affluent business owners want to live where they avoid taxation. …

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