Casey: Tax hikes should be part of WV’s budget talks
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-mail
West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice’s newly announced chief of staff said that, after a slow start, the transition is in full gear.“I know the transition process is not fits and starts,” Nick Casey said Wednesday. “I can hear it humming.”
Casey, a longtime Charleston lawyer and lobbyist and former chairman of the state Democratic Party, said it is clear the key issues for the 2017 legislative session will be growing the economy and addressing what is now projected as a more than $400 million shortfall in the 2017-18 state budget.
Speaking for himself, Casey said he believes all revenue options, including short-term tax increases, will have to be part of the budget discussion.
“I think revenue sources, including taxes, have to be put on the table to at least be talked about,” he said.