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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Action Alert Gary Zuckett March 5, 2021
Contact Your Legislators NOW! Tell them to Say NO to HB 2257
HB 2257 is a No Jobs/No Hope bill for those who have completed their drug offense sentences. Contact you House of Delegates member NOW to ask them to VOTE NO on HB 2257, a draconian bill that doubles down on the failed and costly war on drugs—and is up for final vote around noon. More
Issues: Civil JusticeCriminal JusticeDiscriminationFair CourtsFair taxationInequalityTaxes
Action Alert   March 3, 2021
ACTION ALERT: Protect Public Services by Keeping the WV Income Tax; Citizens Guide to Online Advocacy
Shifting more taxes onto low and middle income citizens is not fair – this is what efforts to reduce or eliminate the income tax will do - raise other taxes on low-income and middle-income families, and will result in cuts to public services that benefit all families and businesses. More
Issues: EducationFair taxationHealthcareInequality
Action Alert Eve Marcum-Atkinson February 18, 2021
ACTION ALERTS: From Week 2 of the 2021 WV Legislative Session
Contact Your Legislators about These Bills & Resolutions! Since many important bills are moving so fast up at the legislature, we’ve decided to pull together a mid-week action list to help folks keep up with the dizzy pace at the capitol. We’ve never seen so much proposed legislation referenced to only one committee (which is usually a signal that leadership wants it ‘greased’). Take a look below and take action on those issues that call out for it. Please contact your Legislators Right Away. Let your voices be heard. Visit www.wvlegislature.gov to find who represents YOU in the WV House and Senate, and how to contact them. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCollective Bargaining RightsConsumer ProtectionCovid-19DEPEducationFair CourtsFair taxationHealth CareHealthcareInequalityPollutionTaxesVoting RightsWaterWorkers
Newsletter article Alexandra Gallo February 12, 2021
Protect the Personal Income Tax
GOP lawmakers are considering a proposal that would shift tax responsibility from the wealthiest residents to those who’ve suffered the worst effects of the pandemic: low-income families, Black and brown West Virginians, and women. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationHealth CareHealthcareTaxes
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 12, 2021
Defending and Strengthening Our Democracy and Our Courts: Challenges and Opportunities
We are at a critical juncture that presents both challenges and opportunities in regards to reforms that strengthen our democracy, and protect judicial independence. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsFair CourtsFair taxationVotingVoting Rights
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG September 28, 2020
IN THE NEWS: ATF Statement on Trump Tax-Dodging Scandal Revealed by the New York Times
Yesterday, the New York Times released a major investigative story about President Trump’s taxes, showing that in 11 out of 18 years from 2000 to 2017 he paid no federal income taxes. He paid a paltry $750 in 2016, the year he first ran for president, and again in 2017, his first year in office, when he rammed through a major tax cut that largely benefited wealthy people like himself... More
Issues: Fair taxation
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 28, 2020
MLK Day Leads Week Three
MLK Day was celebrated in Charleston with the traditional ecumenical service at Asbury UMC and the noon bell ringing at the capitol. Reverend King’s courage and vision is a constant call for racial, civil, economic and social justice! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDiscriminationEnergyFair taxationInequalityWater
Newsletter   April 2, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 9 – Spring 2019
This year's legislative session proved once again that people power really can win on issues like education, healthcare, and public safety. But is also demonstrated that now is the time to tip the political scales so that we can start setting the political agenda, instead of fighting back bad ideas. This edition of the Capital Eye recaps our successes and highlights things you can do today to help us grow and build power this year.  More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareKids and families
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 4, 2019
One Week to Go @ WV Legislature!
Each week keeps getting wilder at the 2019 legislature. Last week was no exception. Wednesday was "Crossover Day", when all bills needed to be passed out of their "house of origin." It was a week of highs and lows, but mostly lows. Read on to see what mischief, mayhem and madness transpired. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDEPDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareSocial securityWater
Newsletter   March 4, 2019
Capital Eye: Vol. 12 No. 8
Each week keeps getting wilder at the 2019 legislature. Last week was no exception. Wednesday was "Crossover Day", when all bills needed to be passed out of their "house of origin." It was a week of highs and lows, but mostly lows. Read on to see what mischief, mayhem and madness transpired this past week and what's ahead! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDEPDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 21, 2019
Week Two – Full to Overflowing!
Week two at the legislature was a busy one. Meetings with potential bill sponsors, checking daily bills introduced (now totaling 876), monitoring committees as they take up and amend legislation. This is just the daily grind. Then there are the special events and actions we’re co-sponsoring and/or showing up for. More about the some of these activities, and a short list of the good, bad, and just plain ugly bills that we’re either promoting or trying to stop here. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsFair taxationSNAPWater
Newsletter   January 14, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 1
It's a new year, and a new legislature. In this issue of the Capital Eye, we give you a glimpse at some of the upcoming fights and things to watch for, as well as a list of resources to help you be an informed activist throughout the session. We've only scratched the surface of both the potential damage and opportunities that abound during this current 60-day legislative session, so please stay tuned to our weekly updates. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsFair taxationKids and familiesWaterWorkers
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 13, 2019
2019 Legislative Session Kicks Off
The 2019 session of the WV Legislature kicked off on Wednesday, January 9. Here's a glimpse at some of the upcoming fights and things to watch for, and a list of resources to help you be an informed activist throughout the session. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeFair taxationHealthcarePollutionWater
Action Alert   May 21, 2018
Farm Bill/SNAP Cuts Defeated, but House May Reconsider
In a last-ditch effort to revive the bill, House Speaker Ryan filed a motion to reconsider. This request for a new vote on the Farm Bill expires tomorrow (Tuesday). Please call West Virginia Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, today at 1-888-398-8702. Urge them to reconsider their support for the bill if it comes up for another vote. More
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Citizen Action Group Blog   May 15, 2018
Congress Wants to Cut Food Stamps After Giving 1% a Big Tax Break
The partisan Republican farm bill isn’t fooling anyone: punishing kids, seniors, people with disabilities and low wage workers won’t get people back to work or help the economy just like tax breaks for the rich haven’t created jobs or helped the middle class. Instead, the current Republican SNAP proposals are designed to shrink the food stamp program so that Republicans can free up more money to pay for their massive tax giveaway. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   May 15, 2018
Tell Your Representative to Protect Food Access, Vote No on the Farm Bill
The House Republican Farm Bill (H.R. 2) cuts $20 billion from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by creating new requirements, red tape, and bureaucratic hoops that will make it much harder to access critical benefits. Call your Representative today at 1-888-398-8702. Tell them to protect food access and vote NO on the Farm Bill that cuts food stamps for millions of Americans who can’t afford to eat.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Newsletter   April 24, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11, No. 10 – Spring 2018 Edition
In this Capital Eye: 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up, Trump Tax Scam Continues War on Health Care, Power to the People: WV CAG's Awards Dinner & Fundraiser, In Memory of a Big Hearted Water Warrior, Election 2018 (Be Ready to Vote: Voter ID Law Now in Effect, Follow the Money, Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot in November), Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) Updates (FirstEnergy Drops Bid to Sell Pleasants Power Plant & more) More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsEnergy efficiencyFair taxationHealthcareSNAPWorkers
Press Release   April 17, 2018
New ‘Tax Day’ Study Reports on How Tax Law Enriches Corporations, Wealthy While Putting Health Care, Public Services at Risk
Today, WV Citizen Action released a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness and Health Care for America Now detailing the affects of the tax cut package on families in West Virginia and compares that with the tax benefits that health insurance companies and prescription drug manufacturers receive under the same law. Read the full report and highlights here. More
Issues: Fair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareSNAPSocial security
Action Alert   January 29, 2018
Get On The Bus – Let’s Remind Congressional Republicans of OUR Priorities
Later this week (January 31 - February 2), Congressional Republican leaders will be meeting at Jim Justice's Greenbrier resort for their legislative retreat. This is where Congressional leaders will be setting their priorities for 2018. Together with hundreds of Americans coming from around the country, we will be gathering there to remind them of OUR priorities. We want a government that works for the common good - for all of us, not just a wealthy few. Please join us. On February 1, we'll be taking a bus from Charleston, leaving at 9am on Thursday, and returning that evening around 6pm. Click here for more details. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationHealthcareInequalityMedicarePoverty
Action Alert   December 18, 2017
Last Chance to Stop the Tax Scam
Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington are calling their tax bill a Christmas gift to the middle-class. We can't let members of Congress pass their terrible tax scam while they lie to the American people about the real-life consequences of this bill. Call your U.S. Representative and Senator Capito today and demand they reject a tax plan that hands trillions of dollars in tax breaks to the rich and powerful on the backs of working families, older Americans, and people with disabilities. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicare
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