West Virginia weighs income tax cut to stem population loss

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is about to lose another congressional seat because of its steady population decline. Now some Republican lawmakers are convinced a massive income tax cut is the key to enticing new residents into the Mountain State. But the party with a supermajority in the statehouse is divided on its top priority of cutting the state income tax. They are yet to figure out how to offset the cut without hurting the state’s poorest or driving a massive hole through the state’s budget. Republican Gov. Jim Justice admitted defeat Friday after the House of Delegates defeated the bill but vowed to revive it with a statewide tour.