Chris was named Tax Commissioner in 2007 by then-Governor Joe Manchin. Chris championed efforts to give West Virginians tax relief and make our state more appealing to potential businesses. Under his leadership, our state we have seen the reduction of the food tax, repeal of the business franchise tax and the corporate income-tax rate was cut. The Low-Income Family Tax Credit was created, which positively impacts over 100,000 West Virginians. Chris worked to increase the Refundable Property Tax Credit to provide tax relief for our seniors.
Energy: Coal and Natural Gas
Chris will champion efforts to fund carbon sequestration and clean coal technologies research to continue our state's coal mining tradition.
Chris has a plan to maximize newly created opportunities for the abundant supply of natural gas found in the Marcellus shale play. This plan includes converting dormant coal-fired power plants to burn natural gas and building alternative vehicle refueling stations for compressed natural gas vehicles.
Economic Development & Jobs
As the former Tax Commissioner, Chris knows the tax incentives we need to continue pushing to attract and retain new businesses and people to our state. He has a solid background of cutting taxes to attract economic development by reducing the Business Franchise Tax and cutting the Corporate Net Income Tax Rate. He believes we need to ease the tax burden on small businesses so they can create more jobs for West Virginians.
West Virginia has one of the nation's oldest populations, and Chris believes we need to make sure our seniors are well taken care of. Chris provided tax relief for West Virginia's seniors by increasing the Refundable Property Tax Credit.
A father of three girls, Chris supports student-focused education and policies that will increase K-12 to make West Virginia students more competitive nationally.
Chris supports investment in our infrastructure. Transportation, water, & sewer are integral parts of economic development and increased Broadband service will make West Virginia a 21st century competitor.