West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 The Elimination of the Food Tax

7/1/2013
A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin


This year as we celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday, we've recognized many historic milestones. And on Monday, July 1, 2013 we will once again mark another historic day in the Mountain State. On that day, hard-working West Virginians will no longer see the food tax on their grocery receipts because we're eliminating the tax. Families, individuals and seniors citizens will now go through the grocery store check-out line knowing they will not have the additional financial burden of a tax on one of life's essentials, food. Sound financial management has allowed us to achieve this accomplishment as we have carefully worked toward the elimination of this tax. Despite the financial constraints we face, I'm proud to say we are putting money back into West Virginians' pockets.

Throughout the past 25 years, West Virginia has adopted a conservative financial approach. We have instituted better accounting and cash flow management practices, paid off our debts, and, when we have had the money, we've put state budget surpluses towards the Rainy Day Fund. For instance, West Virginia dedicated nearly $1 billion in surplus monies toward pension debts to stabilize future funding needs for these programs. By addressing our long-term, future financial responsibilities, we were able to bring financial savings to our people, today. Our fiscal responsibility also allowed us to gradually lower the tax burden on West Virginia businesses, enhancing our competitive business environment and promoting future growth in our economy. Through these strategic actions, we are now able to eliminate the tax on the food that you prepare at home.

Upon elimination, West Virginia will be one of 29 states - out of a total of 45 with a sales tax - that provides a full exemption for food from both state and local sales tax. By doing away with the food tax, we are helping our border businesses, who are reliant upon shoppers from our neighboring states, to gain a competitive advantage.
 
The next time you go to the grocery store, take a good look at the receipt and you'll see the savings. I'm proud to say West Virginians can now begin to reap the benefits of our willingness to responsibly address our financial obligations and efficiently manage monetary resources.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977