Budget surpluses, upcoming special session and rising COVID-19 cases this West Virginia week


This West Virginia Week, Governor Jim Justice made several announcements during Monday's event. The governor said West Virginia residents could soon see a further reduction in their income taxes as the state collected $826 million more in revenue than what was budgeted for this fiscal year.

On this West Virginia WeekGov. Jim Justice made several announcements during an event Monday. The governor said West Virginia residents could soon see a further reduction in their income taxes, as the state collected $826 million more in revenue than it budgeted for this fiscal year.

Justice also said he plans to call another special session of the state Legislature in the coming months to cut the state’s personal income tax by an additional 5 percent and pass a childcare tax credit.

In addition, we’ll hear about the expansion of the Hope Scholarship and learn how West Virginians can track their vaccination status during the summer’s surge in COVID-19 cases.

Emily Rice is our host this week. Our theme music is by Matt Jackfort.

West Virginia Week This is a web-only podcast that explores the biggest news of the week in the Mountain State. It is produced with help from Bill Lynch, Brianna Heaney, Chris Schultz, Curtis Tate, Emily Rice, Eric Douglas, Jack Walker, Liz McCormick and Maria Young.

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Author: Emily Rice

Emily has been with WVPB since December 2022 and is the Appalachia Health News reporter based in Charleston. She has worked in several areas of journalism since graduating from Marshall University in 2016, including working as a reporter, photographer, videographer and managing editor for newsprint and magazines. Prior to joining WVPB, she served as features editor for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, managing editor of West Virginia Executive Magazine and an education reporter for The Cortez Journal in Cortez, Colorado. View all posts by Emily Rice

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