On February 18, 2018, Mountain Party leaders passed a Resolution* supporting all teachers, school service personnel and public employees who are fed up with low pay and ever increasing health insurance costs. The Mountain Party further recognizes that these problems persisted even prior to the current GOP control of West Virginia’s statehouse and Executive branch.
Back in 2014, Mountain Party leaders also passed a resolution supporting full collective bargaining rights, including the right to strike for all Public Employees. We found it necessary to do so because Statehouse Democratic leaders in the majority under Governors Tomblin and Manchin for too long had also neglected to properly pay teachers or fix growing PEIA problems.
Even if current state lawmakers manage to pass an acceptable pay raise this year, the same problems will continue to persist. That’s because the leaders of both current “ruling” Parties in West Virginia will NEVER tax major corporations in accordance with what they extract from the State, instead persistently balancing the State budget by unfairly taxing the poor and working class through regressive measures like our General Sales Tax scheme.
On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, beginning in 2018, cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. In 2016 WV lawmakers had already cut severance taxes on coal by $50 million a year. Even now lawmakers are considering the elimination of corporate business and inventory taxes, proposed by a Governor who stands to personally gain millions through his many businesses.
Mountain Party leaders believe that to keep current and future lawmakers focused on meeting the needs of all of West Virginia’s struggling Public Employees, voting for Progressive leaders who will introduce, and pass, legislation that fully recognizes the right for all Public Employees to strike.
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*WHEREAS the MOUNTAIN PARTY of WEST VIRGINIA, Affiliate of the Green Party of the United States, stands for economic justice for all Americans, including the right to bargain collectively for wages, benefits, working conditions, and the right to engage in peaceful job actions,
RESOLVED: FEBRUARY 18, 2018.