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The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy strives to serve as a resource for members of the media. We frequently issue press releases and statements summarizing our analysis of tax and budget policies. To schedule an interview with one of our analysts or for questions regarding one of our reports, contact Caitlin Cook, Communications Director at (304) 720-8682 or email Caitlin.

West Virginia Seeks Edge in 'Cracker' Plant Competition

Associated Press, Herald-Dispatch, Charleston Gazette -- The West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy has questioned this and other proposals targeting "personal" property taxes. It argues that government spending can play a positive role in economic development, and scrutinizes tax cuts pursued to attract business. Read

Editorial: Tax Breaks Require Strong Accountability

The Herald-Dispatch -- As West Virginia becomes more aggressive in offering incentives for economic development, it might want to step back a little to review whether it has received all it bargained for in the past. Read

Study Gives State C- for Follow-Up on Job Promises

Charleston Daily Mail --"West Virginia was found to have weak enforcement standards in four of the five programs examined, and is ranked 29th among the states," according to the study by Good Jobs First and the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy. Read

Bill Offers 25-Year Property-Tax Break for Gas Cracker

The Charleston Gazette -- "Attracting good-paying jobs to the state is very important, but we should be very careful not to balance business tax cuts on the back of educating our children or other state residents," Ted Boettner said Tuesday. He added that "while we support strategic state subsidies and...

West Virginia Lawmakers Receive "Cracker" Tax Break Bill

The Herald-Dispatch -- Ted Boettner, Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, estimated that a cracker plant in Kanawha County with a market value of $1 billion would enjoy a $13 million annual tax break. Boettner's nonprofit group scrutinizes such tax incentives while advocating that government...

Ohio Governor Considers Natural Gas Impact Fee, Higher Severance Tax

The State Journal -- A conversion to the "effective" rate puts Ohio's at about 0.37 percent of value over the past decade, according to Policy Matters Ohio, while West Virginia's 5 percent severance tax on oil and gas and on coal together came to about 3.2 percent of value in...

Survey Looks to Other States for Health Care Rorm

The State Journal -- West Virginia might be able to provide better health care if government leadership valued health as it relates to the work force and if health collaborations in the state were more successful. Those suggestions were given to a health subcommittee of the West Virginia Legislature Sunday...

No Likely Increase in Severance Tax, Future Fund to Resurface During Legislative Session

The State Journal -- The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy advocated a mineral trust fund, similar to other resource-laden states. Read

Other Influential Leaders Helped to Shape West Virginia in 2011

The State Journal -- Jim Justice is not alone on The State Journal's list of influential business leaders in the state. Other business and community leaders who were nominated and voted on in an unscientific poll conducted by The State Journal in December via both online voting and email queries...

West Virginia Marks Start of 2012 with $56M in Tax Cuts

The Washington Examiner -- Boettner's group challenges the view that taxes strongly influence decisions by employers to expand or relocate, and questions whether cuts spur economic growth. Read

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