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UPDATE: Gov. Justice holds second virtual town hall meeting Wednesday

Governor Jim Justice answers questions virtually from the public about his plan to eliminate the personal income tax.
Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 8:05 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2021 at 8:11 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - Governor Jim Justice answers questions virtually from the public about his plan to eliminate the personal income tax.

This is the second time this week he’s held a virtual town hall. A viewer named Gary from Washignton, West Virginia asked if the tax elimination goes forward, would the tax be phased out and would the tax increases be phased in?

The governor said both would be done simultaneously. He says residents would not pay a tax increase between now and January 2022.

The governor says now is the time to do this.

“When it boils right down to it, West Virginia we have a chance. We have a chance while everyone is watching us, we have a chance to make a move to draw absolute opportunity to our state beyond belief,” said Governor Justice.

He ended by saying he wants to do as many virtual town halls on this topic as he can.

ORIGINAL 2/24/2020 9:42 P.M.

The next virtual town hall where West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will answer question from the public regarding his plan to eliminate the state’s personal income tax will be held Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.

You can pre-submit a question by calling the Governor’s Office at 304.558.2000 and a receptionist will take down your question. You can also submit a question by clicking here.

On Monday, Gov. Justice hosted his first town hall on his proposal which does include an increase in sales tax and an increase to what he calls the luxury tax.

Justice said Monday the increase to the sales tax would focuses on ‘things that hurt us.’ The two items the governor mention were tobacco and soft drinks.

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