Justice vetoes lawmakers' budget, criticizes funding cuts

KENNY KEMP | Gazette Mail

KENNY KEMP | Gazette Mail

After the state legislature presented West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice its proposed budget, he made a decision to show, rather than tell, everyone how he felt about it.

"We don't have a nothing burger today and we don't have a mayonnaise sandwich today".

"What we had is nothing more than a bunch of political you know-what", he said to claps and cheers as the dung was on full display.

Justice vowed to veto the budget.

The Republican legislature's bill doesn't include Justices taxes on consumers, businesses and the rich and instead cuts spending on higher education and healthcare.

Justice also said he hoped to "stop the silliness" of government actions including the $4.1 billion budget and said he was pushing against the Capitol's "immature antics".

"We don't have a nothing burger today, and we don't have a mayonnaise sandwich today", Justice said. "I am telling you we have got to stop the nonsense here". It also would apply $90 million from the state's rainy-day fund to help close a projected budget deficit. "The Legislature delivered a responsible budget that controls spending and makes our state live within its means - a budget that received the support of an overwhelming majority of members in the Legislature".

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, House Speaker Tim Armstead chided the governor for vetoing a "responsible budget" and said many of his members oppose the calls for tax hikes. 484, could be the starting point for budget negotiations moving forward, said Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, a nonprofit policy research organization that has analyzed the budget proposals.

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