“If you want more prosperity for West Virginia and its people, decrease taxes.” So said Eric Householder, a Republican delegate in the West Virginia assembly, when The Two Mikes spoke with him this afternoon.
Mr. Householder is a graduate engineer, but spent his working life starting and building a private mechanical business. Mr. Householder made this blue-collar company into an outstanding success.
He retired from this business in the first decade of the 21st century, and in 2010 ran for and won — in the Tea Party wave — a seat in the WV assembly. T he Republicans won a majority in the state assembly in 2014 — the first in 83 years — and he now is the Republican delegate in charge of budget matters.
Through his political career, Mr. Householder has focused on reducing taxes for West Virginians and his work has helped to eliminate the state’s personal property tax, and now is nearing a deal amongst the assembly, the state senate, and the governor to begin the gradual elimination of the state’s income tax.
Mr. Householder said that West Virginians of all political persuasions have seen the direct connection between lower taxes and greater and more widespread prosperity. This is especially true for small-businesses, which are 98-percent of the business operations in West Virginia.
Mr. Householder said that West Virginia has successfully reformed labor law and tort law and income-tax law reform is approaching.
In a closing comment, Mr. Householder spoke of Senator Joe Manchin’s support for Biden’s latest massive spending bill as a disaster for West Virginia, one which has earned the ire of most West Virginians, regardless of party. Manchin, by voting for that bill and so enabled its passage, has created a situation that will devastate the state’s coal industry.
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