GOP GOALS House Republicans Lay Out Their Plan For 2012 Session
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Jan. 10, 2012 9:18 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
House republican members say they are concentrating on job creation for the 2012 legislative session.
And they say the best way to do that is reduce and eliminate taxes.
With excise taxes on Marcellus shale gas drilling expected to double over the next few years, the republicans want to use that money to get rid of taxes on business machinery and inventory.
But tax reform is only one element of the GOP plan. The republicans want to create and intermediate appellate court, with a guaranteed right to appeal. They say West Virginia's judicial system costs the state jobs.
House republicans also support drug testing for welfare recipients, getting rid of the federal health care overhaul and repealing a state law that aims to increase electricity production by alternative and renewable energy sources.