West Virginia Week in Review - July 6, 2024


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Gov. Justice announces another historic personal income tax cut for West Virginia
Gov. Justice delivered his final fiscal year-end report, announcing that the annual revenue surplus will trigger another reduction in personal income tax rates.

State revenue collections exceeded estimates by $826.6 million for Fiscal Year 2024, enabling a 3% or 4% personal income tax cut, as set by the trigger system in House Bill 2526, which the Governor signed in 2023.

"Today is truly a day for celebration in West Virginia," Gov. Justice said. "When I first took office, I promised you all a rocket ship ride, and look at us now. We've cut over a billion dollars in taxes, and it's truly unbelievable. This is exactly what a responsible government should do for its people, especially in a state like ours. When the state does well, the people do well. That's why we established these triggers. As West Virginia thrives, our people thrive and deserve that prosperity. We already have so much to be proud of, but there's more work ahead. I won't be your Governor much longer, and we need to continue marching towards eliminating the personal income tax. Doing so will only bring more and more people to this incredible place and promote even more goodness."
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Gov. Justice, WVDNR introduce new Law Enforcement Dive Team
Gov. Justice announced the formation of a Natural Resources Police dive team within West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section.

This team will assist the agency's law enforcement efforts in boating incidents, cases of missing persons, and evidence recovery. During the ceremony at Bluestone State Park, the team demonstrated their expertise by diving to the bottom of Bluestone Lake to retrieve a dog bone, which they then presented to Babydog.

"I'm beyond proud to see this new dive team in action, helping keep our state's beautiful natural resources and people safe," Gov. Justice said. "These dedicated officers are truly top-notch and ready to dive in and tackle any challenge that comes their way. Thanks to the Natural Resources Police and everyone involved in making this team happen. Your hard work is another shining example of our commitment to protecting our people and preserving our great state's natural beauty."
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Gov. Justice appoints Ryan Browning to 28th District in House of Delegates
Gov. Justice has appointed Ryan Browning to the West Virginia House of Delegates for the 28th District which represents Wayne County. Browning fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Mark Ross and will serve the remainder of the unexpired term.
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Gov. Justice appoints Todd Kirby as Circuit Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court serving Raleigh County
Gov. Justice announced that he has appointed Todd Kirby to the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court serving Raleigh County. He fills the seat vacated by Judge Robert Burnside’s retirement. 
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Also this week:

HHOMA launches statewide listening tour

Rail Explorers Announces Newest Almost Heaven Swing

West Virginia Department of Human Services Accepting School Clothing Allowance Applications

Crews reach milestone on Wheeling Streetscape project as paving continues


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CJ Harvey, cj.harvey@wv.gov; Rachael Harper, rachael.a.harper@wv.gov


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