POLITICS OVER PEOPLE FOR GOP HOUSE SPEAKER TIM ARMSTEAD & EVERYONE IS TAKING NOTICE
CHARLESTON MAYOR DANNY JONES ON GOP SPEAKER ARMSTEAD:
“Since I have been Mayor of Charleston, the leader of the House of Delegates, Speaker Tim Armstead, has opposed us on every good project and proposal we have dealt with to invest in our city and to make West Virginia’s capital city a more vibrant and attractive place to live, visit and work. The list includes building the ballpark, introducing Home Rule, use of the hotel motel tax, funding for our civic center, fixing our own uniform pensions, and more. Now, because of no state budget, any opportunity we have of getting state roads paved in the city becomes nil.
“This is the Speaker from the ‘Land of No’ – no plan, no budget, no progress, no nothing. He demanded to be included in the Governor’s meetings on the budget, but once there he was little more than an errand runner to and from his caucus. If the Speaker cannot provide leadership toward a workable budget solution, we will share the facts and the House roll call votes with everyone who contacts our office to complain about a state road or bridge in Charleston that continues to deteriorate.”
GOV. JIM JUSTICE ON GOP’S FAILED LEADERSHIP AND BUDGET CRISIS:
“A budget was passed that was horrible beyond belief.“- Governor Jim Justice
The budget that was sent to me last month that was passed by the House and the Senate did these things:
Eliminated a 2 percent pay raise for teachers.
Cut the budgets for our State Police and Corrections.
Denied a tax break for our veterans.
Hampered our institutions of higher learning — forcing them into a position to make hurtful cuts and dramatically increase tuition.
Cut our K-12 public schools.
Reduced funding for the sick and disabled.
Provided no real funding to address the drug epidemic.
Walked away from our unions and building trades and 48,000 immediate, new jobs.
Didn’t help coal by tiering the severance tax that boosts the industry when times are bad but greatly would help the state when times are good.
Provided no funds for tourism and marketing our state.
Blocked an opportunity to have our income tax lowered.
Stopped West Virginians from driving on our toll roads for free.
WVDP CHAIR BELINDA BIAFORE ON ARMSTEAD’S MISPLACED PRIORITIES:
“Speaker Tim Amstead has proven time after time that he will do whatever it takes to protect his political agenda and his personal motivations, even if that means putting the lives and futures of West Virginia families at risk,” said Belinda Biafore WVDP Chair. “It’s bad when everyone, no matter their political party or professional position, can see that he is crippling our state with his inaction to pass a budget that will help the people of West Virginia and his mantra of putting politics over people.“