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West Virginia governor reveals platter of bull dung to slam state budget

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (D) delivered his budget veto with a side of bull dung Thursday to hammer home his accusation that state lawmakers were playing politics with the $4.1 billion budget. 

Addressing the media in the state capitol, Justice unveiled a series of props as he built up to his announcement. 

“We don’t have a nothing-burger today, and we don’t have a mayonnaise sandwich,” he said, revealing platters symbolizing each item. 


“What we have is nothing more than a bunch of political you-know-what,” he added, pulling off a silver plate cover to reveal a pile of feces.

The vetoed budget bill is a far cry from the outline Justice has pushed, according to West Virginia Metro News

The Republican legislature’s bill doesn’t include Justices taxes on consumers, businesses and the rich and instead cuts spending on higher education and healthcare. 

Justice accused the legislature of playing politics with the bill, presenting him with an unwise document in the hopes that he would veto it. 

“We don’t have to be a bunch of babies, we don’t have to be a bunch of children, we don’t have to be one-upping the other party all the time,” Justice said, according to Metro News. 

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