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WV governor Justice chides Legislature, touts revenue increase


Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Department of Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy listens to Gov. Jim Justice talk Monday about a revenue surplus for February.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In what was part celebration and part lecture, Gov. Jim Justice on Monday touted February revenue collection that exceeded estimates by $12.2 million, and found time to criticize the West Virginia Legislature for recent incidents that have cast the state in a negative light.

“We’ve got a lot of really good things going on in West Virginia, and we need to stop blowing our own legs off and becoming a national story,” Justice said of national news coverage of a blowup in the House of Delegates on Friday, when Democratic delegates objected to an anti-Muslim display in the House rotunda on West Virginia GOP Day at the Capitol.

“We’ve worked too hard to have goodness, and we’ve got goodness, and when we become a national story in a negative way, it will either drive more people away or keep more people from coming, and that’s no good,” he said.

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