The State Journal: Increased Historic Tax Credit Tops Wheeling Mayor’s Wish List


By Linda Harris / The State Journal

From budget fixes to aging infrastructure, community leaders across West Virginia are hoping Democratic Gov. Jim Justice and the Republican-controlled Legislature will be able to put politics aside and find solutions for what’s ailing the Mountain State.

Justice, a pro-business, right-leaning Democrat, will have to work hand-in-hand with GOP leaders to figure out how to erase a $400 million projected deficit. Before leaving office, his predecessor proposed more budget cuts, along with a 1 percent increase in the state sales tax and elimination of the current sales tax exemption on telecommunications services.

Justice himself hasn’t ruled out a tax increase, even though he campaigned on a “no new taxes” platform.

Worried city and county leaders across the state want to see progress, not partisanship, over the next four years.

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