Five years passed since West Virginia last had a statewide referendum
By Kyle Maichle
The question called for voters to approve the issuance of bonds totaling $5.5 billion dollars to help the state fund its retirement systems. Also, the question disclosed that the high amount of bonding being asked for would help deal with unfunded liabilities to the pension system. Voters in West Virginia defeated the amendment by a margin of 53.9% to to 46.1%.
In 2010, the West Virginia Legislature considered two constitutional amendments for creating the definition of marriage and allowing counties to give tax breaks to new businesses. The marriage amendment did not receive a vote in either house of the legislature. The business tax break amendment got the support of the West Virginia House of Delegates on February 17, 2010 but failed on a Senate vote.
- West Virginia Legislature, "Text of Senate Joint Resolution 14 (2010)
- West Virginia Legislature "History of House Joint Resolution 101(2010)
- West Virginia Legislature, "History of SJR 14(2010)"
- Associated Press,"W.Va. House approves property tax break proposal," February 17, 2010
- Herald-Dispatch,"Biz tax break measure falls," March 14, 2010