Questions among Democrats who would be needed for Senate tax plan

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

February 17, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the state Senate starts consideration of a major tax overhaul this week, the Democrats who would be needed for passage have questions.

“We’re still mulling it over,” said Senator Ron Stollings, D-Boone.

The Republican majority in the Senate has talked for months about opening up the state Constitution to allow property taxes on manufacturers to be cut.

A two-thirds majority in both chambers of the Legislature would be necessary to get an amendment on ballots. Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, said he’ll try to persuade Democrats to get on board.

“I’m still building consensus. I want the minority involved,” Blair said, referring to Democrats.

This resolution expected to be introduced Monday could change West Virginia’s tax system in a variety of ways.