State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Social Security


Shelley Moore Capito: Raise payroll cap above $200,000

Q: What measures do you support to making social security solvent again?

Capito: "I do believe we should bust the [payroll] cap on the social security taxes and I'd be willing to take it above the $200,000 number."

Tennant: "I am supportive of raising the cap to $240,000. Another way that we can keep social security solvent is, quite simply, raise minimum wage. If you have more people getting paid, they're going to pay into social security more."

Source: WV MetroNews on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Earl Ray Tomblin: Privatize W.V.'s workers' compensation system

We must be responsible stewards of State finances. We did that with our West Virginia Unemployment Trust Fund. Our fund is stable and solvent. While 27 other states have had to borrow billions from the federal government to pay benefits, we have not borrowed one dime!

We took the necessary steps to reform and privatize our workers' compensation system. That effort has resulted in rates that have been reduced by more than 47% since 2005. Our premiums are now below the national average!

Source: West Virginia 2012 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2012

Jay Wolfe: Allow investing payroll tax in private accounts

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Al Gore: Bush’s “federal program” flub indicates ingrained hostility

[Bush] sent a spokesperson out there to say ‘He misspoke, Social Security is a federal program.’ But it wasn’t a slip of the tongue. It was an expression of ingrained hostility to our ability as Americans to work through the instruments of self-governmen that our founders wrote into our Constitution. There is a preference on the other side for a dog-eat-dog, ‘every-person-to-himself’ mentality that works fine for the very wealthy, but does not work very well for those who are struggling to get by.
Source: Speech in West Virginia Nov 4, 2000

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