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Apr 15 2017
After the state legislature presented West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice its proposed budget, he chose to show, rather than tell, everyone how he felt about it.
"You can say that Jim wants to move from politics to 'Jimitics, '" the governor said.
West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee applauded Justice for vetoing the bill.
House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said the House of Delegates may try to override Justice's veto but said he wasn't sure there were enough votes to do so. "And if we're this way, you know what's going to get done?"
"While I realize this budget is not what the governor wants, I believe it's a budget that is rooted in reality", Carmichael said two days later. "This is a budget we found to be a responsible budget, considering the economic situation we find ourselves in".
Justice said Democrats in the Senate initially refused to back the plan and then the bill never surfaced during the late night meeting.
The budget bill passed by the Legislature, House Bill 2018, included no tax increases and spending $85 million less than fiscal 2016.
Many social media users appreciated him for being so blunt.
Jim Justice brought several props, including a pile of cow dung, to a budget announcement. Some of his examples included putting gas in the auto and renewing a license, putting money in the jar for each example, saying "sooner or later, you end up with an empty wallet".
The veto has guaranteed another special session, said Armstead, who does not believe the House will agree with the governor and another session won't change the original outcome.
The bill relies on $90 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to find a balance and Justice said signing it would be like signing the state's death certificate. Armstead said such talks should begin soon.
After the big reveal he went on to sign his veto of the budget.