Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

August 7, 2013

State should eliminate waste instead of raising taxes and fees

There was a governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission for the West Virginia Department of Transportation in Kearneysville, W.Va., on July 11.

They want to raise $1 billion by raising motor vehicle license and registration fees, gasoline and diesel motor fuel taxes, vehicle taxes (previously known as the privilege tax), additional registration fees or increased vehicle taxes on alternative fuel vehicles, dedicating sales tax receipts on motor vehicle repairs, parts and services to the state road fund (this would mean other taxes being raised to make up the short fall this would leave in the general fund), increasing the consumer sales tax with the proceeds going to the state road fund, continuing the tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike and putting tolls on new highway construction and tolls on added highway capacity whenever possible and allow localities more flexibility to implement user fees or local sales taxes to help fund road projects.

At no time did they bring up or talk about cutting the waste in our state government.

In an audit done on the state school board it was found they waste $90 million per year, and if they are wasting that much the rest of the government is wasting a lot more.

During the last session of the Legislature we had from the desk of Sen. Cookman and the Rowan Report every week.

Why didn’t they let you know about this meeting so you could attend and voice your concerns and why wasn’t either one of them at the meeting to represent you, Sen. Blair, Delegate Cowles, Delegate Howell (Mineral County) and several other representatives from the surrounding area were in attendance?

I know I was there standing up for the citizens of Hampshire County saying cut the waste, do not raise taxes, fees or add tolls!

Our citizens work hard for their money and the government does not need to take any more of our money just to waste it.

My name is Terry Craver and I believe in smaller government, responsible money management by the government and putting the power back in the hands of “We the people.”

Terry Craver

Slanesville, W.Va.

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