Two-Pronged Tax Overhaul Proposal Now Halfway Complete

Feb 24, 2020

A sweeping tax proposal calls for the elimination of manufacturing machinery, equipment and inventory taxes on motor vehicles and other personal property. It also calls for hikes to tobacco and consumer sales taxes. The legislation has passed in the Senate, but a joint resolution that would make the bill constitutional was held over in that chamber for one day.

Senior reporter Dave Mistich speaks with Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Sen. Mike Romano, D-Harrison, about the details of the tax overhaul and what to expect on Tuesday.

HB 4780 was the focus of a public hearing Monday morning. The bill would allow public schools to offer instruction on the Bible as an elective. We bring you a series of comments from that public hearing.

A total of 23 people spoke at the public hearing; 12 opposed the bill and 11 were in favor. Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by reporter Emily Allen to discuss this bill and other issues from the statehouse.

Tuesday on The Legislature Today, we’ll bring you a special report on domestic and sexual violence in West Virginia, and a follow-up conversation on the status of several bills designed to support victims. Plus, coverage of additional news and activities at the Capitol.