- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A short-lived push to raise taxes on various professional services is likely dead in West Virginia.

The Republican-led House of Delegates voted Monday to table the bill. House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles said it’s essentially dead.

A House committee moved the measure along Saturday. It would have applied the 6 percent sales tax to various services that are exempt, including legal, accounting and engineering. The House estimated more than $200 million could be generated by dropping the exemptions.

It would have dropped the overall sales tax rate to 5.5 percent on Jan. 1, and the tax would have continued to drop if state reserves stayed at a certain level.

With the lower sales tax level, a net additional $70 million was expected.

West Virginia faces a $466 million budget gap for the 2017 budget.

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