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About Assemble

Your industry, your issues, your voice.

AssembleWV knows the vital role that manufacturing plays in each and every community, big or small, throughout West Virginia. 

We believe that everyone, from the machine operator, to the small business owner, to the thousands of West Virginians who want to make manufacturing in our state everything it can be, should have a say in government policies that affect their livelihood. 

We’ll let you know when issues critical to our well-being are debated at the capitol, and we’ll let you know what you can do about it.

With your help, we can make manufacturing in West Virginia as strong as it can be for our communities, our workers, and as a future economic engine for our state.

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Just Cut Taxes and Win (JCTAW) Amendment

 (SJR 9/HJR 106)

During the 2018 State of the State Address, Governor Jim Justice introduced the Just Cut taxes and Win Amendment (JCTAW) with provisions for the phase out and elimination of industrial inventory equipment, and machinery tax. If passed, JCTAW would allow West Virginians to vote on a constitutional amendment to eliminate the ad valorem tax on tangible industrial machinery, equipment, and inventory directly used in industrial business activity.The resolution also calls for replacing revenue lost from reducing the tax, which currently benefits county governments and schools. It requires the governor to annually provide in the budget bill, and for the Legislature to annually preserve that funding. It also prohibits the governor from line item vetoing or reducing that replacement revenue in the budget bill. In order to move the ballot, JCTAW requires two thirds support of both the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate.

Who benefits from the JCTAW Amendment? West Virginia wins!

  • Our Schools & County Governments – after years of declining revenues, counties and schools have an opportunity to lock-in stable revenues through the JCTAW Amendment.
  • West Virginia Jobs – we can create new, and retain existing manufacturing jobs if West Virginia removes this competitive disadvantage. Right now West Virginia is one of only a few states that imposes this tax on manufacturers.
  • Our Overall Economy – The multiplier effect of manufacturing jobs is significant. In fact while 6.5 percent of our economy is attributed to direct manufacturing jobs, an additional 22 percent of the state’s economy is driven through jobs that support the manufacturing industry.


Why does manufacturing matter?

  • Manufacturers in West Virginia account for over 10 percent of the total output in the state, employing over 6 percent of the workforce.

  • Total output from manufacturing was $7.43 billion in 2015.

  • In addition, there were 47,100 manufacturing employees in West Virginia in 2016, with an average annual compensation of $67,399 in 2015.
  • Manufacturers help to drive West Virginia’s economy, with $3.67 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2016.

  • That same year, $1.80 billion in exports was without free trade agreement (FTA) partners.

  • Manufacturing helps create jobs in the state, and 20.6 percent of manufacturing employment stemmed from exports in 2011.
  • Small businesses comprise 76 percent of exporters in West Virginia. 

Facts About Manufacturing

Key Facts

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Legislative Honor Roll

The WVMA supported many key legislative initiatives during the 2017 Legislative Session. The Association vocally advocated environmental balance (HB 2506), fair practices for unemployment compensation benefits (SB 222), expanded drug testing in the workplace (HB 2857), efficiencies for heavy haul permits (HB 3064), restrictions on unmanned aircrafts over industrial properties (SB 9), a fair approach to medical monitoring (SB 236), and increases to fees assessed by the Department of Homeland Security that while an increase cost for manufacturers, provides funds necessary to modernize compliance reporting for potential contaminants (HB 3048). 

While SB 9 and SB 236, did not make it through the legislative process. The majority of WVMA efforts were legislatively successful. Based on Association priorities and review of voting records, the following list represents Legislators who demonstrate a strong desire to create an environment that encourages manufacturing investment and growth in the Mountain State. 

To make the Honor Roll, legislators must have scored an A or B based on the WVMA 2017 Legislative Score Card.

Senate Honor Roll

Mike Azinger
Craig Blair
Donna J. Boley
Greg Boso
Mitch Carmichael
Charles Clements
Sue Cline
Ryan Ferns
Ed Gaunch
Mike Hall
Robert L. Karnes
Mike Maroney
Mark R. Maynard
Robert Plymale
Patricia Rucker
Randy Smith
Chandler Swope
Tom Takubo
Charles S. Trump, IV

Ryan Weld

House Honor Roll

William Anderson
Tim Armstead
Lynne Arvon
Martin Atkinson, III
Saira Blair
Jim Butler
Moore Capito
Roy Cooper
Daryl Cowles
Vernon Criss
Frank Deem
Joe Ellington
Paul Espinosa
Allen V. Evans
Tom Fast
Geoff Foster
Nancy Regan Foster
Cindy Frich
Danny Hamrick
Roger Hanshaw
Jason Harshbarger
Joshua Higginbotham
Jordan Hill
Ray Hollen
Eric L. Householder

Gary G. Howell

John R. Kelly
Kayla Kessinger
Charlotte Lane
Patrick Martin
Zack Maynard
Pat McGeehan
Tim Miley
Carol Miller
John Overington
Tony Paynter
Rupert “Rupie” Phillips, Jr. 
Ben Queen
C.E. “Chuck” Romine
William R. Romine
Ruth Rowan
John Shott
Kelli Sobonya
Joe Statler
Amy Summers 
Terri Sypolt
Danny Wagner
Ron Walters
Steve Westfall
S. Marshall Wilson
Mark Zatezalo 

Yes to HCR 106: Let the people of WV Vote for our Future!

HJR 106, the Just Cut Taxes And Win Amendment (JCTAW), is currently pending before the House Finance Committee.

HJR 106 was proposed by Governor Jim Justice during his 2018 State of the State Address, and if passed would provide the opportunity an opportunity for West Virginians to vote on a constitutional amendment which would phase out, and eventually eliminate the Tangible Personal Property Tax on Industrial Equipment and Inventory.

The West Virginia Manufacturers Association has long advocated for elimination of Tangible Personal Property Taxes on Business Equipment and Inventory. As one of only a few states that imposes this tax on manufacturing investment, West Virginia is placed a disadvantage for manufacturing expansion and investment. We believe that the people of West Virginia should have an opportunity to decide the merits of eliminate this impediment to growth. It is time to create good jobs for West Virginians.

We urge supporters of HCR 106 to take a moment to contact legislators today using the form below.

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