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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 26 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 26

(By Senators Caruth, Stollings, Snyder, Williams, Green, Deem, Plymale and Guills)


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the burden of taxes and fees by the State of West Virginia upon the coal industry.

Whereas, The coal industry is and has been for many years an integral part of the economic and social fabric of the state; and
Whereas, Whole communities in this state rely in large part, if not completely, on the coal industry for their continuing vitality; and
Whereas, The coal industry remains essential to economic growth and progress in West Virginia and the United States; and
Whereas, Coal continues to sustain our economy and provides the financial security as future diversity and expansion of our job base is explored; and
Whereas, Coal can help provide a dependable domestic source of energy in light of concerns our nation has become dependent on energy sources from foreign sources that may not be reliable in the long term; and
Whereas, It is critical to regularly reassess the burden of taxes and fees by the State of West Virginia upon the coal industry as compared to the burden said industry must bear in other coal-producing states and the overall economic impact of the coal industry within West Virginia for our economic prosperity and security; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the burden of taxes and fees by the State of West Virginia upon the coal industry; and, be it
Further Resolved, Said study shall be conducted with the aid of West Virginia University and Marshall University; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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