On Thursday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice made it perfectly clear what he thinks of the budget that was proposed by Republican state lawmakers.
Justice chose to veto the $4.1 billion budget, but a simple signature wasn’t enough for him. Instead, the West Virginia Metro News reports, he chose to bring in props. Standing in front of a table with three covered serving dishes on top of it, Justice lifted the lids on the first two dishes and referenced past names he’s used for Republican budgets when he told reporters:
‘We don’t have a nothing burger today, and we don’t have a mayonnaise sandwich.’
He then moved on to the third dish and declared:
‘What we have is nothing more than bunch of political bull you-know-what.’
When Justice took the lid off of the final dish, it contained what was presumably bull manure. After the big reveal, Justice added:
‘For that very reason, I’m signing my name on the budget veto,and I hope and pray that the silliness will stop and we’ll do the right thing.’
As a result of Justice’s veto, state lawmakers will be called back into a special session and will need to come up with a new plan before the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.
In addition to his announcement about the veto, Justice also criticized the state’s Republicans for not taking the budget seriously.
‘The Republicans passed this budget and called and called and called and said, “surely you are going to veto this because we don’t want to own it. We want you to veto it.” It’s just a game and it doesn’t mean anything.’
Justice also said that lawmakers were not getting anything done because they were being childish.
‘We don’t have to be a bunch of babies, we don’t have to be a bunch of children, we don’t have to be one-upping the other party all the time. If we’re this way, you know what we’ll get done? Nothing.’
Governor Justice has received much praise for his decision to veto the budget. West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said about the plan that was presented:
‘It hurts public education. It hurts our seniors. It hurts veterans. Plus, when you take $90 million out of the Rainy Day Fund it hurts our bond rating.’
West Virginia University President Gordon Gee, also said that Justice’s own budget ideas should be considered.
‘He has a vision. He has a plan. Unless someone comes up with a better vision or a better plan let’s follow his lead.’
Justice’s unique way of announcing the veto was also well received. Gaylene Miller, the WV-AARP State Director, said that such behavior is what West Virginians have come to expect from their governor.
‘That’s just how the governor is. That’s what we’ve come to expect. He’s a homespun kind of guy and I think his honesty is refreshing.’
Watch Governor Justice’s announcement about the budget below, via Twitter:
When our legislators play politics with the budget, the people of WV get a pile of bull-💩. We deserve a budget that takes us to prosperity. pic.twitter.com/b34o5Azyxb
— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) April 13, 2017
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.