Gov. Justice, Mitch Carmichael Fight Over Capitol Bathrooms

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is calling out the State Senate for wanting to upgrade private Capitol Bathrooms. 

The Governor says the spending should be used for drug treatment centers instead. 

Governor Justice released the following statement:

“Based on how poorly the Legislature did this past year, the taxpayers shouldn’t pay them for a new outhouse— much less a new luxury bathroom,” said Governor Justice. “We’ve got schools with bathrooms that don’t work and these politicians want the taxpayers to pay for gold-plated toilets? You’ve got to be kidding me.

Justice added, “Since the Legislature passed a budget that hurt West Virginia families, there is no way they should reward themselves with new amenities in the Capitol, like a special politicians’ bathroom. When they cut the legs out from underneath our people, they should not be rewarded with a spending spree.”

Justice concluded, “I’m new to the political process, but is this what they mean by ‘live within your means’? If the facilities are so bad for our lawmakers, I’m happy to get them an outhouse delivered to the Capitol grounds.”

Senate President Mitch Carmichael says the Governor’s “bullsnot” remarks need to be flushed down the toilet. 

The Senator released the following statement: 

“I think the audacity for the Governor to be so crass and callous about desperately needed renovations to the people’s house is simply beneath the kind of person we expect to lead this state,” Senate President Mitch Carmichael said.  “If the Governor finds it so deeply offensive that the Senate would choose to spend its responsibly managed operations budget on making our State Capitol more accessible to West Virginians with disabilities, I’m proud to be the person who offended him.

I’m really disappointed that after spending literally months working cooperatively with the Governor to help achieve portions of his platform that he chooses to thank the Senate’s efforts in this way,” Senate President Carmichael said. “The people of West Virginia deserve better. I don’t believe anybody who owes this state $4.5 million in unpaid taxes is in a position to tell a legislative body that has responsibly managed its own budget for decades – and has given back several million dollars to the state’s General Revenue Fund – how to spend a single penny.”

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