Jim Justice on Tax Reform



Increase fees, gas tax, and business tax to close deficit

Now, the truth is, it's time for gigantic decisions. The past 4 years, we've lived off Rainy Day. And we've lived off the low-hanging fruit that we could cut away. We've cut probably $600 million of waste.

Now, there are two ways you can get there. The first way is to just cut more. Are you willing to eliminate all of our state parks? Are you willing to eliminate all of your colleges and universities other than Marshall and WVU? Shut them down? Are you really truly willing to gut your seniors?

You gotta cut all that we can possibly cut. But I've got to have everybody in this state pay a half of a penny in additional sales tax. There is no way around it. I've got to have you pay instead of $30 in DMV fees, I've got to have you pay $50. I've got to have our businesses pay 0.2% in a tax that would be equivalent to a B&O tax. And the last thing is I've got to have ten cents a gallon on gasoline. Now, I am telling you: If you don't do this, you're dead. You're dead beyond belief.

Source: 2017 West Virginia State of the State address , Feb 8, 2017

Don't tax people to death; rein in government by attrition

The way forward is to give West Virginians the opportunity to work. As governor, I will bring jobs to this state and grow our way out of this fiscal ditch. That's how we will end the budget crisis, not by passing raw milk legislation.

We cannot tax our people to death. Just like in the business world, we need to make responsible cuts. West Virginia must rein in the size of government by attrition--reviewing whether we need to replace government employees after they retire or leave. Our state needs to find cost savings through modernizing government.

It's time that outsiders across the state get off the sidelines and get in the game to take back West Virginia. I am not running for governor to move the needle a tic; I want West Virginia to be nationally competitive. If you like what you see happening in Charleston, then continue voting for the career politicians who can't even pass a budget. If you really want to turn West Virginia around, join me.

Source: 2016 W.V. Gubernatorial campaign website JusticeForWV.com , Jun 15, 2016

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