Fair Taxation - As a member of the Coalition for
WV Families, WV-CAG is looking for ways to make our tax
system less regressive. We support the Coalition's
recommendation that families making below poverty-level
wages be exempted from paying state income tax and will work
to introduce legislation accomplishing this objective.
On the other end of the scale, we must continually push
for large mineral holdings to be assessed at fair market
value in order to provide revenue for local schools and
services. The repeal of the "Managed timber land tax
credit" for large timber companies is a major priority
The Hidden Cost of Offshore Tax Havens
Impact to West Virginians of Ending Bush Tax Cuts for
Richest 2% --
Read the report
Citizen Action, others call for tax fairness
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Game: The Taxpayer Cost of Offshore Corporate Tax Havens
April, 2009 PIRG report
Report: West Virginia Taxpayers Could Save $226 Million Annually if Medicare Negotiated Drug Prices
the report here
First: The President's Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for
Congressional Tax Report Card: See how your Senators and Representative voted on
the big issues of tax fairness and responsible fiscal policy (pdf)
The Bush Tax
Cuts: Are West Virginians Better Off? (pdf)
WV Report: We Must Invest
in West Virginia's Future
Invest in America's Future (poll summary)
Bush's Tax Cuts
"Protecting West Virginia's Priorities: The Hidden Costs of Repeal or Drastic
Reduction of the Federal Estate Tax" May 2006
New Federal Budget Will Cost West Virginia
Most Vulnerable Will Be Cut, New Report Finds (pdf)
Budget: What's at Stake for West Virginia (pdf)
WV Estate Tax Report,
Sept. 2005 (pdf)
The Top Ten Worst Provisions
for Low-income Families in the Budget Reconciliation Conference Report (pdf)
representative: Fix The Mistake The House of Representatives Made In The Dead of
On August 20th, public
economist Dean Baker with the
Center for Economic and Policy Research spoke at Taylor
Books about his new book the Conservative Nanny State.
The event was sponsored by WV Citizen Action Group.
Video on YouTube:
Conservative Nanny State Pt. 1
See parts 5 through 6 in "Related" videos on YouTube page
A White Paper Analysis of the GOP's Budget
Plan and Its Impact on West Virginia's Families, Children
November 1, 2005 (Printable
pdf of this report)
Congress has a serious priorities problem
The budget plan it approved this year calls for unprecedented cuts to vital services poor and middle class families – including women, children, students, seniors and minorities - depend on every day.
Initiatives on the chopping block include Medicaid, Nursing Home Care, Health Care, Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child care, foster care, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). These initiatives are vital to millions of American families and tens of thousands of families right here in West Virginia. In addition, they have taken on even greater significance since the devastation and dislocation brought on by Hurricane Katrina.
An Immoral “Robin Hood in Reverse”
Incredibly, however, President Bush and Republican Congressional leaders want to cut as much as $35 to$50 billion from these very services which are so important to families, children, students and seniors – while also proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthy totaling $70 billion. Slashing services which support poor and middle class families to fund tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations represents a warped type of Robin Hood in Reverse - robbing from the poor to give to the rich – which is unfair and immoral at a time when the nation and West Virginiaface so many challenges.
These cuts in “mandatory” initiatives are in addition to a possible 2%, or $16.9 billion, across-the-board cut to services that are funded as part of the annual budget appropriations process . It is also possible that Congress will cut prior year funding and terminate 98 different federal initiatives. All of these cuts would reduce funding for K-12 education, job training, the Employment Service, unemployment insurance, community development grants, home heating for poor families and other vital initiatives.
The GOP Agenda: Tax Breaks for the Wealthy at the Expense of Everything Else
Unbelievably, Congress wants todrain the federal treasury by giving away $70 billion in tax breaks that primarily benefit the very wealthy while hurricane victims struggle to rebuild their lives, poor families are food insecure, middle class families lack health insurance coverage, and our federal budget deficit continues to soar.
The Republican leadership’s budget proposal would actually increase deficits by at least $20 billion and as much as $35 billion. Would your family choose to give away a large chunk of its income to millionaires when facing rising expenses for food, housing, and medical care, on top of huge and growing debt? That’s just what Congress is proposing to do!
Congress is considering program cuts as high as:
- At least $10 billion from Medicaid, which is enough to provide coverage to 1.2 million children. Currently, 50 million Americans rely on Medicaid for their health care.
- $4.5 billion from Food Stamps, which would cut off
approximately 4.7 million people, largely from working-poor families.
The Food Stamp Program currently provides food assistance to 25 million
low-income Americans, including 13 million children
- $7 billion from initiatives that serve low-income families with children or low-income seniors or people with disabilities, including TANF, child care, SSI, child welfare services, and the Earned Income Tax Credit:
- If half of these cuts come from reductions in child care or TANF, the one-year funding cut would equal the cost of providing child care subsidies to 122,000 children or providing income assistance to 147,000 families with children.
- If half of these cuts come from reducing the number of people receiving SSI, the program would have to cut off assistance to 131,000 poor seniors and people with disabilities.
- $9 billion from student loans. The typical student borrower could be forced to pay an additional $5,800 for student loans compared to current law.
Congress is considering $70 billion in new tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations. Alternatively, Congress could invest in:
- Health care for 15.9 million Americans; or
- Head Start slots for 9.3 million children; or
- Affordable housing units for 629,927 families; or
- 1.6 million public safety officers; or
- 8,233 new elementary schools.
The Republican leadership in Congress isn’t listening to what Americans are saying – that cutting support for poor and working families to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy are the wrong priorities.
According to a national survey conducted by Hart Research Oct. 8-11, 67% of Americans feel strongly that the proposal to cut $35 billion in spending for Medicaid, food stamps, and other initiatives reflects the wrong priority for America. The survey found that most Americans feel the previous tax breaks have not been worth the cost, and 64% oppose the congressional Republican leadership’s proposed $70 billion in new tax breaks.
GOP’S SKEWED PRIORITIES PUT WEST VIRGINIA’S FAMILIES, CHILDREN, STUDENTS AND SENIORS AT RISK
West Virginia ’s Families Will Be Harmed If Congress Makes Bad Budget Choices
Congress is making dangerous choices that will affect West Virginia’s most vulnerable residents. Below are some examples of the negative impact these wrong priorities could have on West Virginia over the next five years:
West Virginia would lose$84.4 million in federal matching payments if Republican Congressional leaders enact their plan to cut America’s Medicaid services by $10 billion. Medicaid provides essential medical services to West Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens, the majority of whom are children, the elderly or people with disabilities. In 2003, 289,000 people received Medicaid services in West Virginia. Any disruption in the federal funding stream to the state’s Medicaid program will reduce recipients’ access to health care and put more pressure on your state budget to provide essential health services.
West Virginia would lose $83.2 million if Republican Congressional leaders enact their plan to cut America’s Food Stamps by $4.5 billion. In West Virginia, 256,000 low-income people used food stamps each month in fiscal year 2004.
Other Low-Income initiatives including TANF, child care, Social Security Income (SSI), child welfare, child support enforcement, Social Services Block Grant, Earned Income Tax Credit :
West Virginia would lose $53.3 million if Republican Congressional leaders enact their plan to cut these vital services by $7 billion. These initiatives provide cash and child care assistance to poor families, basic income assistance to poor individuals who are elderly or who have disabilities, foster care and adoption assistance, additional income for low-income working families, and a host of other supports for those in need.
What does West Virginia lose from the tax cuts?
- Health care for 117,621 people; or
- Head Start places for 90,349 children; or
- Affordable housing units for 9,009 families; or
- 70 new elementary schools; or
- 17,684 public safety officers.
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Sources: Medicaid cuts data from Families, USA; Food Stamp data from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Data on Food Stamp cuts and “Other Low-Income Programs” cuts from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Tax cut tradeoff data adapted from National Priorities Project.