Update: W.Va. Legislature Approves Food Tax Cut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginians can expect another cut to the food tax.

On an 89-4 vote Wednesday, the House approved a Senate-passed measure reducing the sales tax rate on groceries.

The measure knocks a penny off, dropping it from three cents to two cents per dollar spent.

But the House passage followed a failed attempt by Republican Delegates to repeal the tax as of Dec. 31. Their amendment was blocked on procedural grounds. The GOP holds 35 of the House's 100 seats.

The Senate added the food tax cut to a bill addressing taxes on durable medical equipment. That Wednesday action came at the urging of acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who proposed the limited cut.

Tomblin's original proposal had stalled amid a debate over whether to repeal the tax gradually or immediately.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Cutting West Virginia's food tax is again a possibility this legislative session,

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would reduce the sales tax rate on groceries from three cents to two cents per dollar spent.

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the cut, but his bill missed a procedural deadline. Senators restored it by amending a measure addressing taxes on durable medical equipment.

Tomblin applauded the Senate on Wednesday. He urged the House to follow suit. But Delegates support a complete repeal. Democrats advocate a gradual, multiyear approach. The minority Republicans seek an immediate repeal.

Tomblin vows to bring the legislature into special session if no food tax cut passes before the regular session ends Saturday.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers can expect a
special session on the food tax if they don't pass a proposed cut this week.

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vowed Monday to bring the legislature back if no proposal emerges before the regular session ends Saturday.

Tomblin also says he may veto a pending pay raise bill if it passes in the absence of a food tax cut. He said it's only fair that lawmakers do both.

Tomblin wants to slice a penny off the sales tax rate on groceries, to lower it from 3 cents to 2 cents per dollar spent.

But his bill died last week. House members discussed repealing the food tax. But they differed over a gradual or immediate approach.

Tomblin also lobbied Senate Democrats on his cut proposal Monday.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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