From tax cuts and credits to rolled-back regulations and even some tax increases, West Virginia voters are hearing specific economic proposals from the candidates for governor.
The promises include House Speaker Rick Thompson's proposed small-employer tax credit for new hires. Fellow Democrat and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant wants small business micro-loans.
A former secretary of state, Republican Betty Ireland, vows to veto any tax increases. The GOP's Bill Maloney, a Morgantown business owner, would also end tax credits and similar incentives.
Candidates from both parties promise to eliminate the sales tax on groceries. Democrats tend to speak of a stable and strong state, ready for a breakout decade. Republicans refer to the economy as dismal and facing serious challenges.
The primaries are May 14.
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