WV Senate passes new tax bill that would cut income tax & raise sales tax

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday passed another tax bill backed by Democratic Gov. Jim Justice that would cut state income taxes and raise state sales taxes.

The latest bill is similar to two previous measures rejected by the Republican-controlled House, though it contains some modifications intended to soften opposition.

The Senate voted 19-11 for the bill after rejecting an alternative backed by Democrats that would have exempted Social Security benefits from state income taxes instead of cutting all tax rates.

Justice appeared in the Senate Tuesday afternoon, urging adoption of his budget plan including the tax overhaul that would close a projected budget deficit.

The House adjourned until Wednesday without discussing the tax bill after sending it to the Finance Committee.

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