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There's been some scary talk about tax overhaul in recent months.
One option that appears to be on the table for legislators is eliminating or reducing the business personal property tax. This reliable, constant revenue stream helps maintain West Virginia schools which would be forced to choose between cutting back in the classroom or possibly imposing a higher property tax on West Virginia homeowners. For much more, check out "Ending Business Personal Property Tax Ineffective Way to Boost West Virginia Economy."
Business personal property taxes account for almost $1 in every $5 of all property taxes paid in West Virginia.
Another frightfully good read is our latest Fast Facts: Encouraging Work Key to Reducing Poverty, a quick low-down on why preserving the federal Earned Income Tax Credit is so important to West Virginia's working families.
Take a minute out of your Friday for this quick action, calling on Senators Manchin and Capito to preserve the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Congress will soon begin debate on extending, or making permanent, tax credits for businesses. They need to be reminded that tens of thousands of working West Virginia families rely on the EITC to put food on the table.
How can you help? Sign this online petition asking Senators Manchin and Capito to fight for working West Virginia families!
Take Action for Racial Equity - November 3
Taking Action for Racial Equality is an opportunity to join a team to work on a racial justice issue, such as reducing racial disparities in arrests in Charleston, Second Chance Employment Act + Let Me Drive, Let Me Work (both criminal justice reforms), juvenile justice reform, voter engagement, affordable housing on the West Side/East End, and racial justice dialogue and education in schools and in the faith community.
Please join us at the Wilson Student Union, WV State University on Tuesday, November 3 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
This is your chance to take action to address the treatment concerning people of color that exists in this country and the deep, systemic racial disparities that exist in our state. West Virginians from all over the state are coming together to discuss concrete action plans to ensure Racial Equality in West Virginia. Find your role in the movement and meet us there!
Reminder: Registration Open for Race Matters Summit in Lewisburg
Time is running out to register for next month's Race Matters Summit in Lewisburg, taking place November 10 and 11 at the Kyle and Ann Fort Arts & Sciences Building, New River Community and Technical College.
The conference will offer a unique opportunity for people from throughout West Virginia to continue the constructive, in-depth conversations that began last year in Charleston about the complicated history of race relations and racial inequality in the state.
Stay in touch at RaceMattersWV.net for upcoming events and how you can stay involved in the campaign to end racial inequity in West Virginia.
There is one special day each year at the Capitol when everyday kids, families and community leaders really make their voices heard!
Click here to register as an individual, sponsor or presenter for the 2016 Kids and Families Day.
This year there are limited scholarships available for bus and van transportation. Contact Jennifer for more information.