As a new delegate, I knew before I ran that if successful, my term wasn’t going to be easy. The state’s recent budget problems have become so bad over the last two years that some painful remedies will be necessary to fix them.
Now, we are facing a $500 million dollar budget shortfall – exceeding any previous estimates. In his State of the State address, Governor Justice outlined a plan that would cut the size of government by $22.5 million, includes a modest sales tax increase, and eliminates loopholes that exempt taxes on certain professional services. With the condition of roads in our district in desperate need of repair and maintenance, one portion of Governor Justice’s plan is particularly encouraging. His proposal to repair our state’s crumbling infrastructure by investing $1.4 billion dollars into construction would not only bring our infrastructure up to date, but would also create over 25,000 jobs.
I don’t think any of us want to relive the budget nightmare we faced during the 1980’s when state assets were so low, the ability to pay our bills became questionable. Regardless of the plan that the Legislature adopts, we must be aware of the impact that any cut or any tax increase will have on the pocketbooks of our constituents.
As your representative, I’d welcome your input on how you think we should move forward. My office number is (304) 340-3146, and my email is Scott.Brewer@wvhouse.gov.
Thank you for your trust and support,
Delegate Scott Brewer
Scott Brewer (D-New Haven), represents the 13th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates.