Urgent Action Needed Regarding Senate-Amended HB 3300, the Personal Income Tax Elimination Plan
Shared courtesy of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. For more information on taxes and the budget, click here.
Tomorrow the full West Virginia Senate is expected to vote on their amended version of HB 3300, the House-originated plan to eliminate the state personal income tax.
Please contact your senators today to oppose this bill.
Key points to understand about the Senate-amended version of HB 3300:
- In its first year, the Senate plan would be a net tax increase for the average taxpayer in the bottom 60 percent of households.
- Even with the income tax fully eliminated, the Senate plan would be a net tax increase for the average taxpayer in the bottom 40 percent of households.
- The typical household in West Virginia would see a net tax cut of only $27 when the bill is fully enacted.
- A household in the top one percent in West Virginia would receive a tax cut that is 1,252 times as large as that of a household in the middle 20 percent.
- The Senate plan would create a $1.4 billion hole in the budget within five years, requiring either further regressive tax increases or substantial budget cuts.
- The Senate plan would give West Virginia the highest state sales tax in the country.
- The Senate plan would make West Virginia one of only four states to tax professional services.
- The Senate plan would make West Virginia one of only 14 states to tax groceries.
- The Senate plan would give West Virginia the fourth highest combined state sales and hotel tax in the country.
The most effective way to make your voice heard is to call your senators. You can find a comprehensive list of names and phone numbers in the list below or on the WV Legislature site:
- Mike Azinger, District 03, (304) 357-7970
- Stephen Baldwin, District 10, (304) 357-7959
- Robert D. Beach, District 13, (304) 357-7919
- Craig Blair, District 15, (304) 357-7801
- Donna J. Boley, District 03, (304) 357-7905
- Mike Caputo, District 13, (304) 357-7961
- Charles H. Clements, District 02, (304) 357-7827
- Amy Grady, District 04, (304) 357-7855
- Bill Hamilton, District 11, (304) 357-7906
- William Ihlenfeld, District 01, (304) 357-7918
- Glenn Jeffries, District 08, (304) 357-7866
- Robert Karnes, District 11, (304) 357-7973
- Richard Lindsay, District 08, (304) 357-7841
- Mike Maroney, District 02, (304) 357-7902
- Patrick Martin, District 12, (304) 357-7845
- Mark R. Maynard, District 06, (304) 357-7808
- Eric Nelson, District 17, (304) 357-7854
- Rupie Phillips, District 07, (304) 357-7857
- Robert H. Plymale, District 05, (304) 357-7937
- Rollan Roberts, District 09, (304) 357-7831
- Mike Romano, District 12, (304) 357-7904
- Patricia Rucker, District 16, (304) 357-7957
- Randy Smith, District 14, (304) 357-7995
- Ron Stollings, District 07, (304) 357-7939
- David Stover, District 09, (304) 357-7807
- Chandler Swope, District 06, (304) 357-7843
- Dave Sypolt, District 14, (304) 357-7914
- Tom Takubo, District 17, (304) 357-7990
- Eric Tarr, District 04, (304) 357-7901
- Charles S. Trump IV, District 15, (304) 357-7880
- John R. Unger II, District 16, (304) 357-7933
- Ryan Weld, District 01, (304) 357-7984
- Mike Woelfel, District 05, (304) 357-7956
- Jack Woodrum, District 10, (304) 357-7849
If you don’t have time to make calls, please take a moment to send a quick letter to your senators using WVCBP’s template here. It will only take a minute of your time.
You can find WVCBP’s full analysis of the Senate-amended version of HB 3300 in their newest blog post or get up to speed by viewing our overview of the bill and its impacts in last week’s Facebook Live.