Posted by 09 March 2017
If Governor Jim Justice gets his way, West Virginians may be paying higher taxes and fees. In his budget proposal, the governor has asked legislators to approvea variety of tax increases as a way to eliminate the gap between revenue and desired spending.
In early February, the governor proposed tax and fee increases that included:
- Increasing the sales tax from 6% to 6.5%
- Imposing the sales tax on a variety of services that are currently untaxed
- Levying a .2% gross receipts tax, which a business would pay regardless of its profitability
- Increasing the beer tax
- Raising the DMV license fee by $20
Gov. Justice also proposed raising the gasoline tax by 10 cents a gallon to pay for new infrastructure projects. That would bring the state gasoline tax to 43.2 cents a gallon.
Later in the month, he revised his proposal in a few significant ways:
- Increasing the gasoline tax by 4.5 cents a gallon as opposed to 10 cents
- Charging out-of-state motorists increased tolls when they use West Virginia toll roads
- Imposing a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks
Do you think these tax increases are the best way to deal with the state’s budget situation? Are you willing to pay higher gasoline prices to pay for state infrastructure projects?