On Monday the Senate unanimously approved an income tax deduction for noncommercial motorists who pay West Virginia Turnpike tolls with an electronic commuter pass.
Senate Minority Leader Don Caruth urged support for Senate Bill
2001, although he said its application would be limited. The bill offers to deduct up to $1,200 in toll payments from taxes. But Caruth said the maximum annual cost of the pass is only $285. The Mercer County Republican also questioned whether such a tax break might make it easier for the state someday to raise tolls on the 88-mile turnpike, which runs through his district.
The bill is one of 15 on Governor Manchin's agenda for the special session.