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Fiscal Notes Play Important Role in Whether or Not to Vote for a Piece of Legislation

November 13, 2013

The State Journal – In order to decide whether or not to vote for a piece of legislation, West Virginia’s legislators often rely on fiscal notes. Read

Calculated by various state agencies, fiscal notes are intended to give legislators information on the financial impact of a particular bill, how much a new law will cost the state, or how much it might benefit the state.

In a report released today, “Accounting for Impact: The Need for a Stronger Fiscal Note Process in West Virginia,” the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy recaps a survey it took of state legislators and their opinions of the fiscal note process. It also provides examples of where fiscal notes have failed to do their job.