By Leah Tuckwiller
House and Senate Democratic caucus leaders have demanded that Governor Jim Justice rise to his responsibilities - or resign. According to House Minority Leader Tim Miley (D-Harrison), "The governor's office has been plagued by dysfunction" under Justice. He has "failed to pay his taxes, refused to place his assests into a blind trust and has made several controversial hiring and firing decisions, including the hiring of an EQT board member and media mogul as a part-time minimum wage employee," Miley continued.
On Thursday, June 14, the governor's office announced that Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher has resigned at Justice's request, due to funding delays and irregularities within RISE WV. "Governor Justice's administration has poorly handled flood recovery efforts, placed a gag order on all state agencies and strictly limited the amount of information shared with the public and the media," said Senator Roman Prezioso (D-Marion).
Read more in the Friday, June 15, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.