Governor calls BS on state budget with actual bullsh

KENNY KEMP | Gazette Mail

As he vetoed the state budget approved last weekend by the Republican-controlled Legislature, criticizing the cuts and lawmakers, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he was exhausted of the politics.

The Democratic governor publicly presented a tray of actual bull manure Thursday in the state capitol as he announced his veto of a Republican-backed budget package - leaving no doubt what he thinks of it. He uncovered the first two trays to reveal a "nothing burger" and a "mayonnaise sandwich," references to colorful ways he criticized budget plans earlier this month. "We all should take ownership for this, but what we have is nothing more than bunch of political bull 'you know what'".

Lawmakers will have to return to try to resolve the disagreement, needing two-thirds support to override Justice's veto.

"We don't have a nothing burger today, and we don't have a mayonnaise sandwich", he said. "If we're this way, you know what we'll get done?" It also would apply $90 million from the state's rainy-day fund to help close a projected budget deficit.

The governor's original budget proposal $4.5 billion and included higher spending and increased taxes and fees. "The new state budget also cuts money from education, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee told WV Metro News "[Justice] has a vision.

The West Virginia Association of PAs says it would expand access to quality health care particularly in underserved areas. "While it was our hope that the governor would have signed our reasonable and responsible budget, it's clear his vision for West Virginia's future involves a completely different path".

"I hope and pray that the silliness will stop", he remarked.

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