NEWS – The Parthenon
Filed under NEWSRyan Fischer Governor Jim Justice giving his Inauguration on the steps of capitol hill. AdvertisementGov. Jim Justice gave his first State of the State Address Wednesday, filled with plans and goals he has for West Virginia.
Justice won the gubernatorial election after an unconventional campaign, as he won the race with no prior political experience.
He continued this legacy Wednesday at the address, going against norms from past governor’s addresses while talking in “plain talk,” as he referred to it, and not using a teleprompter to announce his plans for the people of West Virginia.
He started his speech by thanking all his colleagues and mentioned leaders from counties that experienced extensive damage from the flood last year.
After he addressed the crowd, Justice started discussing the budget deficit West Virginia is in and how the state is ranked 50th in the nation.
He said the decisions he and the legislators had to make were not “tough decisions,” but “catastrophic ones.”
“I am adamantly against raising your taxes,” Justice said, but proceeded to say, “We’ve got to cut all that we can possibly cut.”
As he took a marker to a dry erase board, he showcased the numbers and plans he has to bring money back to the state.
Among those plans include raising the Division of Motor Vehicles fee from $30 to $50, a “half a penny” increase in sales tax and increasing toll fees.
Justice said his goal is “to be the 8th state in this country with no income tax,” which caused a round of applause from the audience.
After the governor discussed his plans for budget cuts and taxes, he discussed the other main issues he plans to focus on.
Justice said he wants to confront the drug epidemic in the state by getting those affected back to work and create treatment facilities around …