Charleston, WV - Delegate Mick Bates (D-Raleigh) has been appointed as one of two House Democrats to serve on the Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform of the West Virginia Legislature. The 16-member bipartisan committee was established by the Legislature in April 2015 to study ways to improve the tax system and structure in West Virginia.
“Delegate Bates attended many, if not all, meetings of the Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform last year on his own time and at his own expense.,” Minority Leader Tim Miley (D-Harrison) observed. “I believe that the knowledge acquired from attending those meetings, as well as his engagement on the House Committee on Finance, will allow him to be a well- informed member who is able to immediately contribute to the conversation about our state’s tax structure,” Delegate Miley continued.
“After following the work of the Tax Reform Committee last year, I was disappointed that the Legislature did not act during the regular session on many of the proposals that were discussed at these meetings,” Delegate Bates said.
While the Legislature passed a budget for 2017 in the final hours before a looming government shutdown, there are considerable concerns for future budgets. “West Virginia is facing a budget crisis,” Bates cautioned. “We need real reform - a tax system that adequately funds vital government programs and services, helps working families and fosters productivity and growth for entrepreneurs, businesses and industries across our state.
“I appreciate Leader Miley and Speaker Armstead’s confidence in my ability to work across the aisle and contribute to the important work of this committee for the people of West Virginia,” Bates stated. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to address areas of the tax code that will make our system of revenue collection in West Virginia more fair, efficient, competitive and predictable.”