Issue: Fair Taxation

As a member of the Coalition for West Virginia Families, WV CAG is looking for ways to make our tax system less regressive. We support the Coalition’s recommendation that families making below poverty-level wages be exempted from paying state income tax and will work to introduce legislation accomplishing this objective.

On the other end of the scale, we must continually push for large mineral holdings to be assessed at fair market value in order to provide revenue for local schools and services. The repeal of the “Managed timber land tax credit” for large timber companies is a major priority of WV CAG.

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Press Release Gary Zuckett May 24, 2023
MEDIA ADVISORY: Republicans Put West Virginia Millionaires Over State’s Workers, Children & Seniors
U.S. House Republicans Voted to Strip $8.3 billion of Federal Funding from West Virginia To Give Corporations and the Ultra-Wealthy Another Tax Cut More
Issues: Fair taxationInfrastructureJobsKids and familiesMedicaid
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett May 1, 2023
Tax Cuts: Truth & Consequences
The more than $750 million tax giveaway (mostly to the rich) passed by the Legislature, is trickle-up economics at its worst. Check out one of the WV Center on Budget and Policy’s upcoming community meetings called “More Money for Who?” on “how state tax changes undermine schools, libraries and healthcare,” to participate in an interactive discussion on how the recent tax changes can affect vital public services. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesFair taxation
Action Alert CAG April 19, 2023
Summer Policy Institute 2023 – Application Deadline May 1
Students can work with professors to receive course credit! All participants are asked to attend all sessions. There is no cost. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesCivil RightsDemocracyEconomyEnergyEnvironmentFair taxationFamiliesHealthcareWorkers
Newsletter article CAG March 7, 2023
Crossover Chaos
The House passed 264 of their bills and the Senate sent 235 over to the House. Bills that never moved across the aisle are now in the recycling bin, that is unless they get amended into another bill that’s still moving. Now the race continues until midnight this Saturday, when all activity of the 2023 legislative session grinds to a halt. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesEconomyEnvironmentFair taxationHealthcare
Action Alert   March 1, 2023
Don’t Let the Senate Decimate the Budget
The Legislature's tax scheming continues with the Senate's new "compromise" plan, which would be devastating to all West Virginians when it blows holes in the budget, forcing more and more income tax cuts for the wealthy. Instead, we should be investing in health care, public education, infrastructure, and other public services. Tell your legislators: No tax cuts until our needs are met! More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesFair taxation
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 28, 2023
Working Through the Weekend
The Legislature worked over the weekend to move bills ahead of Wednesday’s crossover deadline. As has been the case these past sessions, more bad bills are moving than ones we’d like to see pass. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesEnergyEnvironmentFair taxationFamiliesHealthcare
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 21, 2023
Either Tax Cut Plan Will Put WV Underwater
Last Monday, Governor Justice held a pro-tax cut roundtable at the Culture Center with none other than Grover Norquist who’s famous quote is, "I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesFair taxation
West Virginia Citizen Action Group Executive Director Gary Zuckett holds up a copy of the single-page HB 2883, which would give $500 million in unallocated COVID-19 relief funding to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. The proposed bill drew ire Thursday from West Virginians who believe the money should go to help the areas hit hardest by the pandemic. - PERRY BENNETT | WV Legislative Photography wvgazettemail.com
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 7, 2023
Remarks at Public Hearing for HB 2883 on Allocation of ARPA Funds
According to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s final rule, ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds are intended to “provide state, local, and tribal governments with the resources needed to respond to the pandemic and its economic effects and to build a stronger, more equitable economy during the recovery.” More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesDemocracyFair taxationHealthcare
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 7, 2023
Tax & Budget, Culture Wars and Other Bill Action
The Governor continued his roadshow to promote his personal income tax cut proposal, but the plan is going nowhere fast in the Senate... More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesCivil RightsFair taxationHealthcare
Action Alert Gary Zuckett January 28, 2023
Keep WV Funded: Take Action to Stop Dangerous Tax Cuts!
Right now the Governor and the Legislature are sparring over the best way to give tax cuts to the wealthy and big businesses — at our expense. Every West Virginian would pay the price because of the gaps that would be left in the state budget. We need a budget that reflects our priorities: investments in programs that benefit all West Virginians, not tax cuts for the wealthiest. Tell the Governor and your legislators: No tax cuts until our needs are met! More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesEducationFair taxationHealthcareInfrastructureKids and families
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett January 23, 2023
Battle of the Tax Cuts
The House quickly passed the governor’s bad idea of eliminating one quarter of our state’s annual revenue by cutting 50% off personal income taxes over the next three years. However, Senate leadership has deemed HB 2526 DOA and, not to be outdone, they’re cooking up their own tax cuts. Regardless of how the Legislature lands on these cuts, regular West Virginians lose. Now is the time to make your voice heard on this lose-lose proposition! More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesFair taxationKids and families
Newsletter   January 16, 2023
Capital Eye Vol. 16, No. 1 – Legislative Update Week 1: What’s the Rush?
The legislative session started out with a BANG on day one as the Senate leadership promptly used their super majority to suspend the rules, ram through 23 bills and send them to the House. The House is moving mostly at the normal pace, but their Finance committee pulled a fast one on Thursday and added the governor’s 50% personal income tax cut to their agenda at the last minute and passed it out to the floor. Keep reading for more on the big things that happend during the first week of the 2023 legislative, along with actions you can take, and resources for staying up to date. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer January 16, 2023
Big Things That Happened – Week 1
Here’s a quick recap of the big things that happened during the first week of the 2023 legislative session.  More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesFair taxationHealthcareKids and families
Citizen Action Group Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson January 12, 2023
NAACP and others deliver an address on the “State of WV Children and Families”
In response to the Governor's State of the State address, groups gathered at the capitol to speak on the budget, and how the status quo is hurting WV children and families. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertyWV Legislature
Press Release Gary Zuckett December 20, 2022
ATF PRESS RELEASE: In Blocking Renewal Of Three Corporate Tax Breaks, Congress Is Poised To Win One For Tax Fairness
In a victory for tax fairness, Congress has rejected in the newly released omnibus spending package the renewal of three major tax breaks urgently sought by big corporations, which were part of the 2017 Trump-GOP tax law. Together they could have cost $600 billion in lost revenue over 10 years. More
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityTaxes
Action Alert CAG October 25, 2022
Swingstein and Robin Benefit for WVCAG – Oct. 27, 5:30PM
Join us on Thursday, October 27th from 5:30-7:30PM for a Swingstein and Robin musical fundraiser for WVCAG at the Empty Glass! More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesDemocracyEnergyEnvironmentFair taxationFamiliesHealthcareWorkers
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer October 24, 2022
Much At Stake With Proposed Constitutional Amendments
In addition to the congressional, legislative, county and local elected offices that will appear on the ballot this November, voters must also consider four separate amendments to the state’s constitution. Here’s a refresher on what’s at stake with these proposed changes to the West Virginia Constitution.  More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesElectionsFair CourtsFair taxationTaxesVoting
Action Alert CAG August 24, 2022
Tele-Town Hall on the Inflation Reduction Act & Tax Fairness
Join West Virginians United for a Tele-Town Hall regarding the Inflation Reduction Act & Tax Fairness on Thursday, August 25th at 6pm! More
Issues: Fair taxationTaxes
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Citizen Action Group Blog   August 5, 2022
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE $3.5 TRILLION SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION
Passing President Biden’s Build Back Better plan will provide an opportunity to make historic investments in working families, jobs, the environment, affordable health care, education and so much more. It will also help unrig our tax code and economy to ensure millionaires, billionaires and corporations begin to pay their fair share. More
Issues: Fair taxation
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