Making ends meet in WV — Cuts in gas, food tax welcomed
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
With rising gas and food prices creating an undue hardship upon thousands of families across the region, twin announcements Thursday by Gov. Joe Manchin provided a glimmer of hope to those who are struggling to make ends meet.
Manchin joined several state officials in Charleston Thursday morning to announce the final phase down of the West Virginia food tax at a Kanawha City grocery store. While some Republican lawmakers have called for a complete elimination of the food tax, Manchin and other Democratic lawmakers have instead advocated a coordinated reduction of the food tax.
The governor has been working since 2005 to have the food tax cut in half. Manchin argues that the phase-down of the food tax will help families across the Mountain State save millions of dollars at the grocery store. (link)
There are those who will tell you that the proposed gas tax increase here in Virginia amounts to "just pennies." Just as they argue that drilling in ANWR will result in "just pennies" in savings at the gas pumps. And that drilling off-shore will reduce our dependence on foreign oil by "just pennies."
It appears that the Democrat governor of the Mountain State knows just how far "just pennies" can go.