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House and Senate Minority Leaders Respond to Governor’s 2019 State of the State


Gov. Jim Justice gave his third annual State of the State Address Wednesday night. We'll have coverage of his speech and reaction from both the Senate and House Minority Leaders. We also bring you the latest on Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, who announced his resignation from the state Senate to run for United States President.

In the governor’s State of the State address, he touted the mid-year revenue surpluses and focused on education, taxes, roads and substance abuse. Senior Reporter Dave Mistich brings us highlights from the governor's speech.

Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, and House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, join host Suzanne Higgins on set to discuss the governor’s address.

Highlights from the Interview:

  • Revenue surplus
  • Economic outlook
  • Repealing the Business Inventory Tax
  • Education
  • Teacher needs
  • Workforce training
  • Community and Technical College access
  • Mental healthcare for children and issues with the foster care system

On Friday, we'll hear from several new members of the state Legislature. We'll also have a discussion among statehouse reporters on the stories they’re covering and what they expect to be following in the weeks ahead.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and Education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media from Shepherd University in 2014. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV