Gov. Jim Justice Shakes Up W.Va. Establishment

Jan 20, 2017


Gov. Jim Justice shows the ax and tackle box he bought from a woman on the side of the road. He says they remind him how much people in West Virginia are hurting.
Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

He bought the ax and the tackle box from a desperate woman by the side of the road.

"She was selling her life away, her memories, just to have enough money to have food," Jim Justice said in his first speech as governor, as he held the ax and the tackle box.

"She looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, 'Mister, you don't have any idea how bad I'm hurting,'" Justice said.

Justice is promising big changes, now that he's governor. In his inaugural speech, he said he wanted to:

- Raise the pay of teachers

- Eliminate educational agencies he said were not necessary

- Raise revenues to help fill an estimated $500 million budget hole

- Work closely with Republicans in the Legislature, calling their leaders by their first names

Hear Laurie Lin and Scott Finn discuss Justice's speech, and hear why "Sherlock" is Laurie's favorite show ever, on this week's Front Porch podcast.

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