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Editorial: Estimate Bills’ Cost Accurately

November 14, 2013

Wheeling Intelligencer – West Virginia legislators, not to mention taxpayers, deserve accurate estimates of what proposed new laws will cost. Lawmakers are not getting them – and know it -according to a report issued this week. Read

Changes are needed in how the costs of legislative proposals are calculated, the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy urged in the report.

In compiling it, the CBP asked all members of the Legislature how they feel about the “fiscal notes” included with many bills. Forty-three lawmakers responded and the vast majority agreed the notes are not accurate.