House, Senate leadership 'disappointed' in governor's veto

  • House, Senate leadership 'disappointed' in governor's veto

House, Senate leadership 'disappointed' in governor's veto

Opponents of Justice's proposed budget said it placed too much burden on the state's taxpayers with increased taxes, fees and new taxes.

It would cut spending for the state's colleges and universities and Medicaid for low-income residents. 2018 would have taken $90 million out of the rainy day fund to replace Medicare cuts without raising taxes.

Justice said Thursday that Republican lawmakers have been asking about his expected veto, which would let them avoid blame for any tax increases.

"We don't have a nothing burger today, and we don't have a mayonnaise sandwich", Justice said. He uncovered them around the 40:00 minute mark of the live broadcast.

Justice, a Democrat, vetoed the state budget passed by lawmakers - and brought a plate full of bull feces with him to show exactly what he thought of the budget before him. "And if we're this way, you know what's going to get done?"

The governor was very particular about voicing his condemnation with the "you-know-what" - a pile of actual bulls**t.

He appeared to be calling their bluff as he used a set of three whiteboards to illustrate the budget cuts he refused to endorse. We don't have to be one-upping the other party all the time.

"If we don't do tax reform, we can't get there", Carmichael said.

Afterward, Justice chief of staff Nick Casey said he hopes there will be "continuous conversation" with House and Senate leaders to work on a new budget plan.

Casey said Justice would like to have a general agreement on any budget plan before he calls the Legislature into special session, something Casey said would seem unlikely before late April or early May, at the earliest.

No date has yet been set for the session. Justice said the budget would hurt West Virginia and that his plan would "stabilize the patient".

Those representing higher education, public education, state police and corrections also voiced their support for the veto on Thursday. It hurts our seniors.

Justice noted dipping in the rainy day fund would likely further reduce the state's bond rating.