Gov. Jim Justice Bolsters economic wins in his State of the State address
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) - It’s been 15 days since Governor Jim Justice’s battle with COVID-19 kept him from the capitol. He’s recovered, and Thursday night, he stepped up to the podium before a packed house talking about his administration’s wins over the past year.
Justice was welcomed back to the legislature with warm applause to give his state of the state address. Justice first addressed the elephant in the room. Commemorating a moment of silence for the 5,697 West Virginians who died from COVID-19
Justice then addressed a booming economic year for The Mountain State. West Virginia saw its lowest unemployment rates in history, had an economic surplus, and saw for the first time in decades, a net gain in Americans moving to the state.
Justice then addressed his frustrations with the Biden administration. Particularly with border policy and the opioid epidemic. Calling upon other states to help apprehend those deadly drugs before entering West Virginia.
The Governor also addressed the shortage of state police officers, brought forth a proposal to build more houses to accommodate for those moving here, and educational reform.
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