Physician assistants urge Justice to reverse veto

Apr 15, 2017, 01:28
Physician assistants urge Justice to reverse veto

Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed the budget passed by the West Virginia Legislature early Sunday morning.

At the end of the press conference, Justice provided some theatrics in describing the politics going on in the state Capitol.

"We don't have a nothing-burger today, and we don't have a mayonnaise sandwich", he said, revealing platters symbolizing each item. "We all should take ownership for this, but what we have is nothing more than a bunch of political bull-you-know-what".

"And for that very reason, I'm signing my veto on the budget bill", he added, as the crowd applauded and politely chuckled.

According to WV Metro News, the $4.1 billion bill "included an increase in the consumer sales tax, a B&O tax on businesses and a rich man's tax".

The governor finally vetoed the bill with hopes that the lawmakers will "stop the bull crap".

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"What we have", Justice said, "is nothing more than a bunch of political bull you-know-what". "I am telling you we have got to stop the nonsense here". It would also apply $90 million from the state's rainy day fund to close a projected budget deficit. It is that, as written, the measure can not become effective until July 8 - a week after the fiscal year begins.

Justice attempted an eleventh-hour deal with the Republican-controlled Senate to pass a different version of the budget, but it didn't get through the House.

House Speaker Tim Armstead, a Republican, did not appreciate Justice's theatrics - or the veto.

Armstead responded with his own demonstration, pulling dollar bills out of his wallet and stuffing them in a glass jar to represent how much more money a Democratic budget would shift from voters to the government.

"From the beginning, the Senate's position has been to deliver a budget to the people of West Virginia that lives within its means, and to do that within the 60 days of the regular Legislative session".