|By Bob Weaver 2022|
WV consumers will be paying a little less for fizzy sweet water beverages if Gov. Jim Justice approves a legislative bill, while the state ranks among the worst for diabetes and obesity, and also ranks relatively high with cardio-vascular disease.
West Virginians love their sweet water.
The West Virginia Beverage Association said eliminating the tax was the right thing to do after 71 years, following a lobby effort.
The lobbyist said it was a good thing.
Repealing the beverage tax is a win for West Virginias working families, small businesses and the state economy. Its also a win for our states medical schools by guaranteeing a steady source of revenue for WVU that was included in the beverage tax and directing new revenue to Marshall and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine all without increasing existing taxes, explained Jennifer Richmond, Chair of West Virginia Beverage Association.
This tax has raised prices on hundreds of everyday beverages for 71 years, putting local businesses at a competitive disadvantage by encouraging residents to shop across state lines.