State of West Virginia Archives: on Corporations

Stephen Noble Smith: Raise corporate income tax rate to 9%

Increase corporate income tax rate from 6.5% to 9%, bringing in $57 million in revenue. Enact worldwide combined reporting to eliminate corporate income tax havens, bringing in $68 million in revenue. Task a Small Business Taxpayers Council with the goal of pursuing additional tax plans that aim to shift power away from out-of-state corporations, lobbyists, and CEOs into the hands of local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and communities.

Too often, the criminal justice system has been used to perpetuate inequality. We must shift the focus of the criminal justice system from targeting the people who are in pain, to targeting the people who profit off that pain. We will open two crucial new investigative divisions in the State Police--a Corporate Crime Division and a Political Corruption Division. Each of these divisions will have agents focused on investigating corporate and political discrimination.

Source: 2020 W.V. Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 24, 2020

Natalie Tennant: Maintain health & retirement benefits during bankruptcies

Natalie Tennant rallied with West Virginia coal miners and their families this morning, urging Patriot Coal to keep its promises and fully fund health care and retirement benefits. Secretary Tennant is sending a letter to Patriot Coal's Chairman expressing deep concern over the impact Patriot's bankruptcy proceeding may have on thousands of West Virginia families.

"This is more than an attack on union workers," Secretary Tennant said. "This is an attack on the American worker and on our American way of life. It's an attempt to take away your health care that was earned on your broken backs, with your black lungs and with the memories of your fellow miners who took their last breath in the coal mines."

Patriot Coal filed for bankruptcy protection on July 9, 2012. On March 14, Patriot formally filed to terminate benefits for about 10,000 retired miners and 12,000 widows and dependents.

Source: W.V. Secretary of State website Apr 1, 2013

Earl Ray Tomblin: Relax rules on paying terminated employees within 3 days

Under our law, employers are required to pay employees within 72 hours after leaving or face significant damages and lawsuits. Small businesses do not need the hassle of re-running payroll every time an employee moves on. Employers should be permitted more flexibility to pay these employees. It's a simple fix--but it's one that will make a big difference to our small businesses.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to W.V. Legislature Feb 13, 2013

Earl Ray Tomblin: Sales tax credit for new business; & tax increment financing

I believe there are steps we can take to make West Virginia more attractive to businesses. We lack a sales tax credit to assist distribution and fulfillment businesses with some up-front costs for expanding or locating in W.V.

I also believe we need to overhaul our tax increment financing program. This program allows local communities to use future gains in taxes to finance current economic development projects. [We should] refocus our efforts at creating these economic, job-creating districts.

Source: 2011 W.V. State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Joe Manchin III: Endorsed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Manchin noted his endorsements from the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, two largely conservative groups that are backing GOP candidates in nearly every race outside of West Virginia.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

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2020 Presidential contenders on Corporations:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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