West Virginians Against Government Waste (WVAGW)
1997 & 1998 -- Regular Session -- Roll Call Votes

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#1. Hotel/Motel Tax. The state authorized the counties to raise the local hotel-motel tax from 3% to 6%. Approved in House 82-16, died in Senate. (HR 2545) RC#261 4/4/97.

#2. Roll Call Votes. All bills on passage having recorded votes with Yeas and Nays thereby increasing public accountability of how legislators vote to represent their con- stituents. Most votes are not recorded in the House of Delegates (Senate requires re- corded votes) as a way to avoid "hanging legislators out." (HR 11) 2/16/98 RC#29 (voted down, 15-83).

#3. Super majority for tax increases by requiring two thirds of the delegates to vote for passage of bills containing tax or fee in- crease. (HR 13) 2/16/98 RC#30 (rejected 78-19).

#4. Procedural vote to reduce food tax--Motion that the House of Delegates resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take up a bill that would phase out the food tax. 3/6/98 RC#245 (voted down, 15-84).

#5. Judge and magistrate pay raises-- Bill started out as a pay raise for magistrates, clerks and assistants in small counties; with amendment circuit ($80,000 to $87,500) & supreme ($85,000 to $90,000) court judges got pay raises added in. (HB 4435 3/6/98 RC#252 (approved, 67-30).

#6. Teacher Retirement Credit for service as officer in statewide teaching association, (e.g., Judy Hale, AFT) (HB 4110) 3/12/98 RC#359 (approved, 85-14).

#7 and #8. Pledge to the taxpayers--In order to limit growth of government and waste in government and to ease the tax burden on the people of West Virginia, candidates pledged that: (1) He/she would not propose or support any action that would result in a net increase in the tax burden; (2) He/she will propose and support actions that will reduce waste in state and local govern ments; (3) He/she will propose and support roll-call voting in the House of Delegates of any and all actions and legislation that would result in a net increase in the cost of government.