Jim Justice (D) delivered his budget veto with a side of bull dung Thursday to hammer home his accusation that state lawmakers were playing politics with the $4.1 billion budget. 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.
'For that very reason, I'm signing my name on the budget veto, ' he said as his staffers cheered, 'and I hope and pray that the silliness will stop and we'll do the right thing'.
The Republican legislature's bill doesn't include Justices taxes on consumers, businesses and the rich and instead cuts spending on higher education and healthcare.
Justice said Thursday that Republican lawmakers have been asking about his expected veto, which would let them avoid blame for any tax increases. And he had the most creative prop we've seen in a long time-a heaping pile of bullshit presented on top of the budget.
"We've got to stop the nonsense that goes on here", he said at the state capitol building in Charleston. It uses $90 million from the Rainy Day Fund.
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The veto means the Legislature will have to be called into special session to pass a budget.
Justice attempted an eleventh-hour deal with the Republican-controlled Senate to pass a different version of the budget, but it didn't get through the House.
Armstead responded with his own demonstration, pulling dollar bills out of his wallet and stuffing them in a glass jar to represent how much more money a Democratic budget would shift from voters to the government.
Tim Armstead, West Virginia's Republican House speaker, slammed Justice's publicity stunt as a low-rent display.