Tax Revenue

Online calculator shows where money is spent

No doubt many West Virginians wonder just what happens to the money we send to Charleston in the form of state income taxes. It just disappears into the black hole of state government.

But State Auditor J.B. McCuskey wants us to have an idea of exactly how our hard-earned cash is used. So, he and his staff have set up a neat little online feature that shows how state revenue is spent.

Using the calculator is simple. Just enter how much money you paid in state income taxes, press a button and you will see how much of that amount goes for each of a long list of purposes.

To find the calculator, go to the auditor’s website at www.wvsao.gov. A large window at the top is labeled “Where your state income taxes go.” Click on it. If that message isn’t showing, click on the arrow indicator within the window until you see it.

Good for McCuskey and his staff for coming up with the tool, in the name of transparency.

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Service in the military is dangerous even in peacetime, as we have pointed out previously. Last week, a West Virginia National Guardsman became one of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

He was Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Sheperty, 36, of Baltimore City, Maryland. A decorated, wounded hero of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sheperty died in an airborne operations training exercise in Virginia.

All Americans owe a great debt to men and women such as Sheperty. On behalf of our fellow West Virginians, our sincere condolences to his family.

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