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.

 Gas Tax Stabilization Bill Would Benefit State’s Communities

11/19/2009 West Virginia’s communities stand to benefit from millions of dollars in additional funding for roadway paving if the governor’s gas tax stabilization bill passes during the special legislative session currently under way.

The “motor fuel excise tax” bill terminates the Motor Fuel Excise Tax Shortfall Reserve Fund and transfers the money in that fund to the state Road Fund to be used only for reconstruction, renovation, maintenance and repair of secondary roads. The approximate $27.3 million remaining in that fund would be distributed among the state’s 10 highway districts, based upon the number of paved road miles.

Combined with the regular $40 million paving budget for fiscal year 2010 West Virginians could see $67 million put toward roadway infrastructure, improving the quality of life, creating jobs and providing for improved economic development opportunities, said Gov. Joe Manchin.
In addition, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding has allowed West Virginia to put an additional $75.5 million to pave 127 more miles of Interstate Highway Systems in the state this year.

“This bill makes all the sense in the world for West Virginians,” Manchin said. “Not only would we be able to improve the roads that connect our towns with the major corridors in the very near future, but it also limits big jumps in the gas tax so we’re not adding too much state burden at the pump, while ensuring we have money in the State Road Fund to help keep up all of our roadways in the future.”

The bill limits the increase or decrease in the variable tax rate per gallon of motor fuel to no more than 10 percent, up or down, from the previous calendar year, providing greater stability on the tax portion of the price of gas for West Virginia consumers.

The shortfall fund was set up by the Legislature in 2008 to offset revenue loss to the State Road Fund that had come from a legislative freeze on the gas tax that same year. The freeze provided relief to West Virginians who were facing dramatically increasing gas prices and a subsequent increase in motor fuel tax, which was based on five percent of the average wholesale price of a gallon of fuel. However, the freeze also resulted in reductions of more than $50 million to the state Road Fund.

With the stabilization provided by the governor’s new legislation, the Motor Fuel Excise Tax Shortfall Reserve Fund is no longer needed, allowing that money to be used for secondary roads.

Contact Information

Jama Jarrett or Melvin Smith
304-558-2000