WEST virginia legislature
2016 regular session
Senate Bill 112
By Senators Kessler and Miller
[Introduced January 13,
Referred to the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §11-13A-5b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the West Virginia Future Fund; including the Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund - Part B in the calculation of when deposits may be made into fund; and adding definition for “education and workforce development”.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §11-13A-5b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 13A. SEVERANCE AND BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAX ACT.
§11-13A-5b. Creation of West Virginia Future Fund; legislative intent; calculation of deposits from excess severance tax revenues; permissible uses of investment income and limitations on expenditures; definitions.
(a) There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special revenue account, designated the West Virginia Future Fund, which is an interest-bearing account and may be invested by the West Virginia Investment Management Board in the manner permitted by the provisions of article six, chapter twelve of this code, with the investment income to be credited to the fund and deposited in the special revenue account.
(b) The Legislature declares its intention to use the fund as a means of conserving a portion of the state’s revenue derived from the increased revenue proceeds received by the state as a result of any mineral production as well as other funding sources as the Legislature may designate in order to meet future needs. The principal of the fund shall remain inviolate and no portion of the principal may be appropriated, expended or encumbered by the Legislature or any official of the state. Only the investment income of this fund may be appropriated and expended: Provided, That no more than the average net investment return for the immediately preceding five fiscal years may be appropriated or expended in one fiscal year.
(c) Notwithstanding any
provision of this code to the contrary, for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
2014, and each year thereafter, the secretary of revenue shall cause to be
deposited in this fund three percent of the annual severance tax revenue which
would otherwise be deposited into the General Revenue Fund which is
attributable to the severance of coal, limestone, sandstone, natural gas and
oil and collected and received pursuant to the provisions of sections three and
three-a, article thirteen-a, chapter eleven of this code: Provided, That
these deposits shall only be made during fiscal years within which the
sum of the balances of the Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund and the
Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund - Part B equals or exceeds thirteen percent
of the state's General Revenue Fund budget for the fiscal year just ended as
determined within sixty days of the end of that prior fiscal year as provided
by subsection (b), section twenty, article two, chapter eleven-b of this code:
Provided, however, That these deposits shall not be made in any fiscal
year in which the Governor’s General Revenue Fund estimate relies on transfers
from the Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund: Provided further, That these
deposits shall not be made in any fiscal year for which mid-year spending
reductions, hiring freezes, mid-year decreases in appropriations or transfers
from the Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund are necessitated due to revenue
shortfalls or would be necessitated if the deposits were to be made: And
provided further, That amounts that may be deposited into the fund in error
or found later to be subject to these limitations shall be redeposited into the
General Revenue Fund. The Legislature may, by general appropriation or by
designation of other funding sources, deposit into the fund additional moneys
as it considers appropriate.
(d) In order to maximize the value of the fund, no money from the fund may be expended or appropriated until fiscal year 2020 and thereafter the Legislature may appropriate, subject to the limitations provided in this section, from the fund solely for enhancing education and workforce development; economic development and diversification; infrastructure improvements; and tax relief measures for the benefit of the citizens and businesses of the State of West Virginia.
(e) For purposes of this section:
(1) "Economic development and diversification" means fostering economic growth and development in the state, including commercial, industrial, community, cultural or historical improvements; or preservation or other proper purposes.
(2) "Infrastructure improvements" means fostering infrastructure improvements including, but not limited to, post-mining land use, water or wastewater facilities or a part thereof, storm water systems, steam, gas, telephone and telecommunications, broadband development, electric lines and installations, roads, bridges, railroad spurs, drainage and flood control facilities, industrial park development or buildings that promote job creation and retention.
(3) "Tax relief" means reducing the tax responsibility of citizens and businesses located in the State of West Virginia, including, but not limited to, increasing the Homestead Exemption and reducing or eliminating the ad valorem property tax on inventory and equipment held for commercial or industrial use.
(4) "Education and workforce development" means fostering incentives that help individuals maximize their employment opportunities, including, but not limited to, programs that help workers develop and enhance their skills, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and programs that help employers attract and retain skilled workers.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to include the Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund - Part B in the calculation of when deposits may be made into the West Virginia Future Fund, and to add a definition for "education and workforce development."
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.