From budget fixes to aging infrastructure, community leaders across West Virginia are hoping Democratic Gov. Jim Justice and the Republican-controlled Legislature will be able to put politics aside and find solutions for what’s ailing the Mountain State.
Justice, a pro-business, right-leaning Democrat, will have to work hand-in-hand with GOP leaders to figure out how to erase a $400 million projected deficit. Before leaving office, his predecessor proposed more budget cuts, along with a 1 percent increase in the state sales tax and elimination of the current sales tax exemption on telecommunications services.
Justice himself hasn’t ruled out a tax increase, even though he campaigned on a “no new taxes” platform.
Worried city and county leaders across the state want to see progress, not partisanship, over the next four years.