At 5:30 Thursday evening, the West Virginia Citizen Action Group hosted a forum at Heritage Station in the city of Huntington, educating residents on Governor Justice’s tax plan.

Overall, speaker Seth DiStefano (Policy Outreach Director at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy) told those in attendance that the wealthiest twenty percent of West Virginians would pay fewer taxes under proposal HB 2526 than the rest of our state’s population; meanwhile, the tax cut brought on by 2526 would mean less funding towards health, social, and infrastructural needs.

DiStefano related the situation to Huntington’s frequent flooding, which causes property damage and travel delays, only to be worsened by the missing tax dollars cut under 2526.

Urging civilians to take action and hold local representatives accountable, DiStefano charged members of the would-be affected eighty percent to go out of their way in communicating with lawmakers; even writing a letter or sending an email can be effective if done by enough people.

Otherwise, we should brace for a tsunami.

“But tonight, I’m proposing our West Virginia tsunami…A tsunami that does nothing but benefit all. Every one.” – Governor Jim Justice, referring to HB 2526

To take action and fulfill the duty of making your community’s voice heard, visit West Virginia Legislative Action Team for Children & Families

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