CHARLESTON — “I've also made lowering taxes one of my top priorities. West Virginia families will soon have one less thing to worry about beginning July 1st, the food tax will be gone, putting money back into the pockets of hard working West Virginians every single day.
“We've cut taxes for our businesses too. The Mountain State has not seen a general tax increase in the past 20 years. We are eliminating our business franchise tax, and we continue to cut our corporate net income tax.
“We have also created a number of new laws to protect our West Virginia families. Last year, we took real action and received national recognition as we made our roads safer. It's now against the law to text while driving. We made our mines safer by passing a comprehensive mine safety bill to protect the thousands of miners across this state who work each and every day so we may all enjoy a better life. We passed legislation for enhanced prescription drug monitoring. These new laws are shutting down pill mills and putting an end to doctor-shopping. And we're putting millions of dollars into programs to help those stuck in the terrible cycle of drug addiction.
“We made real changes—and we have made them by working together, by reaching out across the street, across the state, and across party lines. We've put our families and our communities first. And, I can promise you one thing—we will continue putting them first for the next four years.
“Because our financial house is in order we can start looking toward the future. We have created thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investments in the past two years.
“West Virginia is blessed to have a strong, diverse energy sector. Last year, our state led the nation in coal exports. And I will continue to protect and increase the production of coal in West Virginia.