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Earl Ray Tomblin on Tax Reform


One-cent reduction on the food tax: it's regressive

When the focus should have been on providing broad tax relief to everyone in reducing the food tax, the focus somehow turned solely to pay raises... for the public sector. Very few people in the private sector have seen a pay increase.

We need to pass a responsible one-cent reduction on the food tax, and we need to pass it now. A cut in the food tax delivers relief to every West Virginian on the most regressive, unfair tax we have. We deserve to share in the benefits of tightening our belts together.

Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Food Tax" , Mar 7, 2011

Reduce, then remove, regressive & unfair sales tax on food

I call for a one-third reduction in our sales tax on food from 3 cents to 2 cents. Several years ago--in a responsible manner--we moved toward removing this regressive, unfair tax. And while we do not have the capability to remove it all at this time-- I believe we can make this fiscally responsible reduction. It is this type of broad tax relief that will help all those trying to make ends meet. Every little bit counts. It is my intention to eliminate the entire food tax over the next few years.
Source: 2011 W.V. State of the State Address , Jan 12, 2011

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