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Nationally States Are 'Struggling to Tax Services,' Just Like W.Va.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, the special session of the West Virginia Legislature this year was supposed to be focused on one thing—putting together a budget for the 2018 fiscal year, but over the course of several weeks, lawmakers spent most of their time debating a separate issue: tax reform.

It turns out, West Virginia wasn’t the only state having the conversation about changing its tax code this year. In fact, 23 states attempted to make changes specifically to taxes charged on services. 

But many of those efforts failed. Elaine Povich, a senior staff writer for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ publication Stateline kept track of those efforts in her article titled “Why States Are Struggling to Tax Services,” and spoke with Ashton Marra about what she watched happen across the country, answering that exact question. Just why are states struggling?

West Virginia University is hosting a variety of summer camps this year focused on opening the eyes and minds of young engineers. Caroline Carey visited one of the camps this week and has this report.

Beloved dynamic pop band Lake Street Dive return to this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, with songs from their acclaimed album Side Pony. Here they perform "Call Off Your Dogs," in this Mountain Stage Song of the week.

Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.