In so doing, lawmakers also will better protect bats, birds, and bald eagles because the loss of the subsidy will mean fewer windmills. The huge steel blades of the modern windmill slash and kill thousands and thousands of airborne mammals and birds each year.
David Beard of the Dominion Post reported the bill "repeals a 2001 tax credit for wind power tax credit that allows wind power equipment to be taxed at salvage value – 5 percent – based on qualifying as pollution control equipment."Quixote wins. RT @wvstatejournal: WV Senate votes to end wind farm tax credits #wvpolhttps://t.co/ziaq96oIJL pic.twitter.com/2HYSTW8reC— Byrds Finger (@ByrdsFinger) March 21, 2017
The State Journal reported,
Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, and chairman of the Senate’s committee on energy, mining and industry, said eliminating the tax break would increase revenue by about $8 million a year beginning in 2019. More than half the money would go to county commissions and county school systems.The state is struggling to balance its budget after the governor estimate state revenues will shrink roughly 8 percent next year.
The State Journal also reported:
But Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, spoke against the bill. Palumbo questioned the constitutionality of offering business tax breaks in the first place, but asked why the wind farm tax break was being singled out when the state offers similar tax breaks to other industries.
“We should end it for everyone,” Palumbo said.Good idea, Corey. Why haven't he pushed for such legislation in his 14 years as a legislator?
Oh wait, it is a good idea and the last time a Democrat in West Virginia had a good idea was adding the bow season for deer hunting.
The Quixote law moves on to the House.
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