(a) The Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that article X, section four of the Constitution does not preclude issuance of revenue bonds which are to be redeemed from a special fund.
(b) The Supreme Court of Appeals has also ruled that the Legislature may not designate funds that will be used to liquidate a bond issue out of a current tax source that flows into the General Revenue Fund.
(c) This act imposes several new taxes and provides for those taxes to be deposited in the Workers' Compensation Debt Reduction Fund created in section five of this article, which is a special account in the Treasury and is not part of the State General Revenue Fund.
(d) This act also provides for certain special revenue dollars that are not part of the State General Revenue Fund to also be deposited in the Workers' Compensation Debt Reduction Fund.
(e) This article provides for the reduction of the old fund liability of the Workers' Compensation Commission through the issuance of revenue bonds for the purpose of:
(1) Providing for the safety and soundness of the Workers' Compensation System; and
(2) Redeeming the unfunded liability of the Workers' Compensation Fund in order to realize savings over the remaining term of the amortization schedules of the unfunded actuarial accrued liabilities.
(f) The general credit of the state will not be pledged for repayment of bonds issued under this article and repayment will come from moneys that are not part of the State's General Revenue Fund.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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