Tomblin Signs W.Va. Tax Cut On Grocery Purchases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's sales tax on groceries is decreasing again.

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday that he's signed legislation cutting the rate. Beginning Jan. 1, consumers will pay 2 percent on each $1 worth of food purchased for home consumption. Currently they pay 3 percent.

The tax cut is the latest in a series of reductions. West Virginia has steadily whittled away sales taxes on food in recent years.

Tomblin made the latest cut a centerpiece of his legislative agenda this year. He says the measure will let consumers keep about $26 million annually.

The tax cut ran into opposition from members of the House of Delegates. House speaker Rick Thompson and some members of the Republican minority wanted to eliminate the tax entirely.

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

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