In this story posted by WV MetroNews' Jeff Jenkins, Gov. Jim Justice showed state lawmakers what he thought of their $4.1 billion budget, vetoing it with a pile of bull manure Thursday.
Appearing before a crowd in the state capitol’s lower rotunda, Justice made his theatrical and smelly rebuke during a live-streamed news conference.
“We don’t have a nothing burger today, and we don’t have a mayonnaise sandwich,” Justice said in reference to his previous analogies for Republican budgets. “What we have is nothing more than bunch of
political bull you-know-what.”
With that, Justice lifted the silver lid on a tray to reveal animal feces.
“For that very reason, I’m signing my name on the budget veto,” he said, “and I hope and pray that the silliness will stop and we’ll do the right thing.”
The governor’s veto means lawmakers will be called back into special session in order to adopt a spending plan before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. No date has been set for that session.
Justice presented his own budget plan to lawmakers in early February. He changed it a few times during the past 60-plus days but it basically included an increase in the consumer sales tax, a B&O tax on businesses and a rich man’s tax.
The legislature’s budget doesn’t include any of those revenue enhancements neither does the spending plan include Justice’s multi-million dollar proposal to fix the state’s highways. That plan would have raised DMV fees and Turnpike tolls.
The budget passed by the House and Senate cuts $110 million in spending, most of that from higher education and the state Division of Health and Human Resources. It also takes $90 million from the Rainy Day Fund. That move would take the state below a fund balance encouraged by Wall Street bond rating agencies.
to read the rest of the story and to hear the video from the press conference hosted by the Governor on Thursday.