tv Governor Jim Justice Delivers West Virginia State of the State Address CSPAN February 13, 2017 3:24pm-4:23pm EST
black burn on her priorities for the sub committee and how she expects communications and tech issues will change this year with the republican administration and a republican-led fcc. representative blackburn is interviewed by john hen dal, congress reporter for communications daily. >> making certain that we address what i view as having been an opportunity gap, communities that do not have broad band, then they're not able to go in and expand educational opportunity for their students. they're not able to utilize tell medicine. they're not able to recruit new factories that can bring jobs to those underserved areas. >> watch the communicators tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. west virginia governor jim justice delivered his first state of the state address to a joint meeting of the legislature
that's all there is to it. thank you so, so much speaker armstead, president carmichael, members of the board of public works, justices of the supreme court of appeals, senator minority leader and presi oso, i got it first time. roman said i did pretty good with that. house minority leader. and all our great legislatures. tonight is a really important night. you know, i want before we get into the meat and potatoes of what i have to say, i want to recognize a couple of people. these four people came with our great speaker armstead. these four people are principals
that suffered through a thousands year flood. you know, i firsthand know what the flood was all about, and it was beyond belief terrible. i don't know where they are, but if they can stand, mike kelly, the principal of herbert hoover, missy lovejoy, the principal of elk view middle. sandy cummings, the principal of bridge elementary and vanessa brown, the principal of clendellen elementary. [ applause ]. your courage goes way, way, way
beyond being unnoticed. you know, it took wisdom and strength and courage to some way, some how battle back. we got a long ways to go, but that's what we do. there's another group here that's called kvc health systems and there's a ceo that's a national ceo. his name is jason hooper. and let me tell you what they're doing. they're going to bring a college basically for foster kids to montgomery. a place that really needs us, needs our jobs, needs hope, the great gordon gee have been terribly instrumental in this. wherever you are, jason and your team, please stand as well. [ applause ].
now, stay with me. isn't this place reverent, hollowed ground. tonight i'm going to do the best in my ability to deliver a speech that i think is phenomenally important. there's no question there's been speech after speech delivered here. i am telling you i can't possibly imagine that there's a time as dire and a time as important as tonight. now, let me tell you.
there's no question we've been 50th forever more. we're better than that. now, like it or not like it, we're dying 50th. this is the most difficult and the biggest depression that we could ever possibly imagine, the biggest of the biggest. now let me tell you this, on a little bit of light humor, there's a fellow who is a comedian. he said as a child he was hyper. and his dad gave him a shovel. and he used to love to dig. and held dig and dig and dig and dig and dig until the point in
time where he couldn't get out of the hole. and then he said, what's the use? there's no point in digging anymore, is there? well, he says it to be funny because then he turned and he said, he and his dad had a password at that point in time. and when he would get to where there was no way he could get out of that hole he would go, help, help. and his dad would come and get him. well, trust me, we got to quit digging. we are such in the hole that we got to quit digging. we got to quit working against one another. we got to some way hold hands with each other and run across the finish line together. we got to have new ideas, and i'll get to those in just a few minutes. the other thing is just this, you've honored me beyond belief. you elected me as your governor,
a person that had never been a poll stigs, in the wake of me running as a democrat, at a time when donald trump won our state by 17,000 million percent. now, there had to be a reason, and the reason is just this simple, and if i make some people mad i just make them mad. west virginians. and i'm a west virginiaen. around i just want goodness for our state. i've said it over and over and over. there will be somebody on a witch hunt to try to beat on me about something, but i want
again to announce to the world in every way, i nor my family want anything from this other than goodness for you and your state. now, let me tell you, you've trusted me with your vote. i absolutely need you now to trust me be your voice. now, you don't see any teleprompters in here. you know, a lot of news media said, you know, he's folksy. i didn't know that i know how to spell that. but there's sure no teleprompters, but you see, my definition of that would be plain talk. that's what i think west virginiaens want to hear. now, the truth is it's time for gigantic decisions. the past four years no matter
how hard we've tried we have lived off rainy day and we've lived off the low-hanging fruit that we could cut away. we have. we cut nearly 060 million of waste and cut the rainy day in half. now, this year right now, you're going to have to cut the rainy day fund $123 million no way around it, right now. what are you going to have? 500 million. what are you going to do? what are you going to do? you're faced with a $500 million hole in the bucket, and the next year it's a $700 million hole in the bucket. if you cut rainy day more, the rate holders, the people that create our race for our bonds are going to torpedo us. we've got issues. we've got real problems.
so, i want to tell you this, i don't mean this in a bad way because i'm the one who signed up to run for governor. but we got 18 carat dog smith, don't we? we do. i didn't create it. i have inherited the dog's mess. and i am telling you you have to have real direction and real ideas and real cooperation together to be able to get out of this. now, there's two ways, two ways you can get there. and you got to forgive me. i'm not nervous, but i just sweat a lot. a lot. and i got a bad knee and man does it hurt. but there's two ways you can get out of it or a combination of ways. the first way is to just cut
more. cut more. well, let me tell you just this, just think about this just for a second. are you willing, are you willing to eliminate all of our state parks? are you willing to eliminate all of our colleges and universities other than marshall and wvu? shut them down. are you really willing to close our tracks, to not have dogs, to not have horses? are you really truly willing to gut our seniors? are you willing to turn our backs on our vets? i can't get there. i can't get you there because you know why because at the end of what i've just said you're halfway home. what then are you going to do? what is west virginia going to
become? a nuclear waste site? is it going to become the place where our nation sends all of its prisoners all the time? are we not better than that? now let me give you just this scenario. here is an analogy. you've got a factory. we're the factory. you've got a factory. the factory's got $100 million in the bank. the factory is $200 million upside down. think about it. how are we going to fix it? here is what we can do, take 100 million away from the factory, just like that. we got $100 million upside down. then i'll tell you what let's do next, cut 25% of the people off. then i'll tell you what else to do, let's cut the wages of everybody else there by 20% and you're still not there. so i'll tell you what let's do let's sell 75% of the equipment out of the factory.
and then we in here will go home and say, we did it. we balanced a budget. and you know what will happen, the sun will come up tomorrow and we'll say, holy horse what ever. the factory is dead. the factory is gone. so that's where you are. i'm a business guy and i know this stuff. now, let me just do this, let me just tell you this -- i truly believe that any cuts that are out there that somebody can bring me that's not just going to stifle us as a patient i'm for. i am delivering to you $30 million worth of cuts.
it won't hardly move the needle. i am telling you our decisions are not tough decisions, they're catastrophic decisions. now i really want you to pay close attention because i truly from the bottom of my heart hate tax increases, hate them. i really do. but i want to show you the most painless way that i think you can get out of this mess. now i'm going to come around here and write. here is what you got to do. you got to cut all that we can possibly cut. i've got to have everybody in this state pay half of a penny in additional sales tax. there's no way around it. i've got to have you pay instead of $30 in dmv fees, i've got to
have you pay 50. the other thing is this, in trying to be fair, in trying to just be fair, the people are here -- here's your people. here's your people. here's your businesses. i've got to have our businesses -- there's lots of different ways to look at this, pay two tenths of one percent in a tax that would be ekwif lent to a b&o tax. it's a tax that ohio charges 2,500ths, we would charge 20 and the other last thing that i will talk to you about is i've got to have ten cents a gallon on gasoline. now, i am telling you if you
don't do this you're dead. you're dead beyond belief. now, let me go back over here and come back. before i go, i'm going to stay with you a second. on these two right here, this one and this one i want to sunset them. three years. i think if you do what i am trying to propose to you to do you can get rid of this and you can get rid of this in three years. now, this deals with your roads. and this does, too. now let me tell you this, i said a minute ago, i am adamantly
against raising your taxes. we have got to find a way to not completely kill the patient. now, look what happens. three years is this goes away. three years this goes away. i'll tell you about this in just one second. i want to tell you one last thing, my goal, jim justice's goal as your governor, is to do one thing and that is to be the eighth state in this country with no income tax, none. [ applause ]. that's my goal. i hate like crazy to deliver to you what you have to do.
that's my goal. now, remember i said what i said about a half a penny. what would you rather do, would you rather have your school plum et even more? your seniors just forgotten. your vets forgotten. your parks closed. fairmont state shut down. on and on and on. or would you be willing, as the peoples, to say i'm willing to pay a half a penny more and i'm willing, as a business, to step up and pay .2 of 1% because i love west virginia and we're going somewhere. now listen here, if you pay 10 cents more for gasoline and a little bit more on your dmv fees, that's going to turn into this -- here is what it's going
to do. it will turn into $2.8 billion. now just stay with me. i have four wonderful people back here, and i want you to understand wholeheartedly what your ten cents and almost nothing in dmv fees that haven't been raised in 40 years, think about it, almost nothing i am asking you to do to turn into that and then let me show you what the good we can do. you'll bring this on down. now with us tonight is kevin cole, andy yestadt, brooke
rumble and cody webb. brooke and cody are students studying engineering at marshall and wvu and andy and kevin already work with us in highways. if you'll do this, you see those jobs, you see them? we can let every single road job that is on the books for one to three and three to five years tomorrow. we can let them all tomorrow. think what this would do. just imagine what it will do. i'll tell you what it will do. it will create 48,000 jobs in our state. 48,000 jobs, it will complete the network that we have got to do, it will make tourism explode in this state, honest to pete,
this is the 800 pound gorilla in the room, not me. now, there's two other things i want to do and i'm going to sit because i'm sweating too much. i want to bid every one of these road jobs specifically labor intensive. and you know what i want to do from that, i want to be our training ground. i want to be our apprenticeship program. i want it to be something that will absolutely put our displaced manners at find a job here or our young people that learn how to do something here. it's an opportunity. now let me tell you what else i want to do, for all the successful bidders, i want to
charge them a 5% construction, severance, whatever tax it may be, whatever you want to call it, to the successful bidder only and my bet is people, like me in business, will sharpen your pencils like crazy and it won't cost us the 5%. it may cost us 1 and then you know what i want to do, i want to pool that money. that money right there is $2.4 billion. if i could let every job tomorrow, it would amount to $120 million of 5% pool that i would have. and then you know what i want to do with it? i want to fix the drug problem. if we don't fix the drug problem in this state, lit cannibalize you. [ applause ].
we have to have stiffer laws. there's no question whatsoever. a drug pusher that rolls in here -- you guys can roll. a drug pusher that rolls in here from detroit and selling drugs, he ought to know that this is not going to be a fun program if we catch him. we've absolutely have to have a pathway to get our people that are hooked on these terrible drugs back into the community and the work force. we have to do something with all the prescription drugs, no question whatsoever about that. but we have to have treatment facilities, too. i would propose today if we do this and those dollars flow, i would propose immediately building a fail fa silty in charleston, one in the eastern
panhandle and i know the veterans are waiting on the dollars to come from the firework tax and everything to build their facility in beckly, i would like to skim off some let me go to education. guys, i'm a coach. i'm in the school all the time. we've proven how to be dead last. if you went around with me and had these roundtable discussions and listened, just listened, you have a bunch of really, really sad unhappy campers.
so i think we need gigantic education reform. here's what i would do. i would submit a bill and i will immediately to eliminate any of the unnecessary bureaucracies that we have. we have to return education back as much as we possibly can to a local level. i have put in my budget a 2% raise for all classroom teachers and i am ashamed that we can't do more. now, as far as testing, we are testing our kids totally to death. for what? i mean, here's the bottom line. think about it. if we were knocking it out of the park -- you see, i'm all
results oriented. if we were knocking it out of the park, you could argue with me we're doing the right thing. we're dead last. it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. we've got to be something wrong. that's all there is to it. as far as testing goes, i'm going to propose we throw smarter balance in the trash can and we go to an a.c.t. testing. [ applause ] let me show you this. think about "a" through "f" for our schools. we do it on a bell curve. think about this.
who in the world comes up with this stuff? these get an "a." these get an "f." all the big meat and potatoes get a "c." we call all to the world and see come to west virginia. our schools are mostly all "c." i don't get it. that's got to go. "a" through "f" is gone. [ applause ] now, there's a beautiful lady here somewhere. her name is toni poland. she's our teacher of the year. if she would stand. she teaches at fairmont state.
revenue producer for us and everybody looks at me like how in the world. there's no way. there's no way. everybody wants to go where your kids are going to be educated the best. businesses want to go where your kids are going to be educated the best. we've got good teachers. we've got low crime. we've got good people. for crying out loud, we handcuff them every way coming and going. we've got to stop that. listen here. maybe it's a twist of words on revenue producers, but if we could create an education mecca in west virginia, honest to pete, people would come and you couldn't beat them away. it would be a revenue producer. now, i have to say jim justice is no fan of consolidation. [ applause ]
again, i'll just tell you this and i'll ask you, are we this bad? are we this desperate? you know, tell you what we can do. we could close every school in the state to save us some money, except we could have one and we could have just one somewhere close to charleston and we'll bus every kid four hours -- no more than four hours one way. we're not that bad. we just have to have ideas and we got to have hope. now, i truly mean this. one of the flood ravaged towns that i truly believe is coming back and i can see it just like i can see it tomorrow, i hope and pray that we end up with a
school in richwood. [ applause ] now, let me tell you this. our veterans are phenomenally important. they've given everything to us, haven't they? everything. do we really take care of them? i mean, for crying out loud, we can't even maintain their cemetery. we've got to do better. we have to do better. now, i'll be asking the legislator to approve the increasing of our garvy capacity. i'll be asking the legislator to
raise our tolls on the turnpike a dollar. now, before you go crazy shooting at me, let me just say this. i want -- i want through your dmv fees, i want to charge everybody within our state $8. $8. then i want you to drive on the turnpike or whatever road that we would choose to toll for free. i want you to pay $8 and i want you to drive on our turnpike wherever it may be for free, or whatever road we toll for free. you see, 77% of our money is coming from out of state. if we can raise it and make yours as west virginians free, $8. you may live in the eastern panhandle and i would say to you
we need you to come and visit princeton at some point in time. now, if you come for your $8, we're going to give you a 50% discount on the tolls because you're going to pay nothing. by the time you go through three, three, three, three, three, three, you're gonna feel like you got a real bargain. and i'll tell you just this. did you see all those highways? did you see all that? well, i will promise you there will be something that will be in your neighborhood that will be tolled as well. as we go forward, there's going to have to be something in your neighborhood that will be tolled. then the people from princeton can come and visit you and they can come for free too.
now, i truly believe that we ought to tier severance tax on coal and gas. you know, it's just this simple. when our coal companies are really hurting, and i know a lot about this, when they're really hurting, we got to step up and help them. at that point in time, we probably have to step up and lower the severance tax. the same way with the gas. but i am telling you, i am not a hog. i eat too much, but i'm not a hog. if we have the bonanza that i think is in front of us with coal, what if -- what if i were to tell you just this. think about for a second. if coal -- if coal's $35,
whoever's buying that is losing money. lowering the severance tax on that to 2%, or whatever you want to do, okay. i'm good. there's got to be a sweet spot to where we're back to five. what if it goes to $200 a ton? what happens? $200. i know this. there's no way that your cost -- anybody's cost is going to be greater than $80. at this level right here, anybody's profit is $120 a ton. listen, i'm a grain of sand in the coal business that i've been in. a grain of sand. if we mine 2 million tons and we make this kind of money, we make
$240 million in a year. we don't need to make that much money. at this point in time right here, this severance tax needs to be 10%. all it would do is lower the profitability to $110 a ton. all i'm saying is just this, like it or not like it, we have had our resources extracted from west virginia over and over and over and at the end of the rainbow here we stand. we're $500 million upside down. we can't have it keep going on. we can't be a third world country. you can't do that. now, tourism. tourism is so important to our state. we can knock it out of the park
back double triple, we probably need to reorganize the entire tourism department. there's ways to do that and you have to put more money in it. we have to find a way to market ourselves. i said it in the inaugural speech. every time you turn the tv on it says come to michigan, every time. in the inaugural address i said who in the world wants to go to michigan? i mean, really? you know, what if i called up tomorrow and i said let's get a bus and let's go to detroit. but do we market us? we don't. we don't. we've got to do that. now, let me tell you -- and i'll be quick because i know you're tired of listening to me. coal has been so vital to us.
it's been unbelievable. we should never forget who brung us to the dance. we should try with all of our soul, with all in us, to try to help get our miners back to work. [ applause ] there are other things. natural gas just fell out of the sky on us, didn't it? we need to do everything we can to exploit that to make it better and better and better. you know, there's issues within
natural gas. i think it's called joint development or lease integration, but they really want it and i can't see within me what's wrong with that. why not? now, we can help that industry. listen to me on this. there are other things. i will be submitting with senator kapato and senator mansion immediately, and i think that there's a real shot, i will be submitting whatever the form of a bill may be to some way, somehow try to drive furniture manufacturing, cabinetry back right to our lap in west virginia. [ applause ]
it can truly be done. we've got to do it through an environmental subsidy. that's what has to be done. you see, i'm the end of our ag stuff. i know about trees. i know about how all -- how they eat all the carbon and i know how when we take a piece of wood like it on it a dry kiln, the carbon is right here. and i know when the tree falls on the ground that eventually the carbon will be released back in the sky, especially if you have a fire, and i know we only cut one-third of our growth in west virginia. we are the perfect example of what president trump wants to do in bringing manufacturing back to the united states that today -- [ applause ] -- today all of our furniture
manufacturing is vietnam, china and mexico. i love vietnam, china and mex o mexico, from a distance. i want stuff for us. now, i got to say this about president trump, many of you would wonder, but i am really good friends with the trump family. and i truly believe that donald trump will do all he possibly can as our president to help west virginians. he will. he's called me all kinds of times and his son eric has called all kind of times and now don is probably going to want to come and go turkey hunting with me. [ applause ] not donald, because donald is not a turkey hunter. but let me tell you, he truly --
he truly really identified with our miners and he understands the blight and he's a friend. if we'll give him a chance, he'll really try to help us. now, as we're winding down here, i would say there are certain things within government consolidation that we can do. there's no question. i get it. i get it. i get it. we need to watch every penny to try to save every dollar, on and on and on. i've started. for crying out loud, i drive my own vehicle. we eliminated all the vehicles in my little world. we're going to try to get rid of some of the state's aircraft. we're absolutely right now we've identified 207 vehicles we can basically get rid of. what i want to do is line them up in front of the capital and have an auction and get rid of them. [ applause ]
we can't forget agricultural. agricultural -- let me tell you, furniture manufacturing, it can help us. it may be two years away. agriculture can help us. it may be two years away. that's why i said a little while ago, that 800 pound gorilla is sitting in your face right now. when i bond that together, the gas tax and the dmv fees, i've got to go to a vote, a vote of the people. i've got to have 90 days after you approve it to go to a vote. i am begging the people to call up and drive you crazy to get to that vote because we have to do that. we've got to do that and do that right now.
now, i believe -- i will do this immediately. i will employ some person -- gosh, i can't imagine being called this a waste czar, but i'll have him absolutely dig into every agency known to man and try to find any excess monies that have been shoved away and hidden and i'll have him look and i'll have him try to find. now, let me just give you my philosophy of regulatory agencies. my philosophy is just this. you know, i've had the great gift to be able to hire so many good people. our cabinet choices and the people we've surrounded ourselves with, we didn't care if they were republicans, democrats or independents. they are really good.
they're really, really good. i told the people -- i told austin and austin said to me what do you really want to see happen? the list could be a mile long, couldn't it? a lot of people would say to jim justice, jim, write a job description of what you do. i could write and write and write, couldn't i? but the bottom line is just this. the right person is in the right job and they're motivated. that's what jim justice does. right person. right job. they're motivated. i told austin, i said, austin, we have people come from everywhere with any kind of business request under the sun. a lot of times our inspectors show up and they show up and i hate to say this because you're going to probably think, boy, has he really lost it now, but they show up with a t-shirt on
and a pair of old jeans and they maybe haven't shaved forever and they have a badge in their pocket. listen, i think they ought to look like something. and the other thing -- [ applause ] and they will look like something. or we'll have them tending to grizzly adams. the other thing is this. no matter what the request may be, i think the first words out of their mouths should be we're going to try with all in our to do what you want to do. now, did you understand what i said? what i said is just this. so many times our regulatory agencies absolutely no matter what on earth we try to do
they're there to tell you no. they're not there to tell us no. now, i underline, underline, underline, nobody loves the outdoors as much as me. nobody loves waters as much as me. we are not going to break the law. we are not going to do anything to damage the environment to the very best of our abilities or our waters, but we are not going to just say no. now, let me end and you're saying thank god. let me end by just saying this. please, not only you, all the viewers that are out there
listening to me, this situation is beyond dire. these people are trying. i've had the great opportunity to meet with mitch and tim and others and all kinds of -- roman and the other tim and on and on and on. they're good people. they're good. they're good people and they want to try to help, just like i want to try to help, but i am telling you to the best that jim justice could possibly tell you, you elected me to try to get us out of this hole. that's what you elected me to do. new ideas. aggressive ideas. bold ideas. we're dying. we are dying. it is so bad you can't possibly imagine it. now, there's a way out.
there's real prosperity in front of us. there's a way out. i would tell you a long, long time ago frankenstien, he used to walk through the streets and i always thought if you got caught by frankenstien frankenstien you deserved too d die. now, i would tell you just this, if we don't do anything, and all we do is kick the can down the road, and all we do is fight, then we deserve to die. [ applause ]
i really believe there's a rocket ship ride right at our fingertips. a ride like you cannot possibly imagine. i would say to you let's don't just try to figure out how to just get by, let's cannonball right in the middle of the pool. we can do this. we absolutely can do it. now, i would say to the outside world, call all your legislators. call all your in-laws and out-laws and neighbors, call them all. this is a pathway. i've given you a real pathway and i hope that you'll seriously consider it.
now, it was folksy. it was just plain talk. that's all i know. we have an incredible, incredible obligation and an unbelievable opportunity. now, i would say with all these great people, all of you together with this great body, you can have my heart and soul. i will work with you with every ounce of being that i have. together this great body and myself and this isn't a very great body, but all of us will get there. now, let me tell you just this and then i'll end. my basketball teams, a lot of times they say two words coming
out on the floor and they scream them. do you know the other night tom brady led a comeback that was unbelievable, didn't he? unbelievable. no one could have possibly imagined it. and you know what he did? he took the super bowl trophy, i watched him do this, he stood on that podium and he screamed let's go after he had won. well, i say to you let's go. god bless you all. thank you. [ applause ]
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companies and is brought to you today by your cable provider. governor martinez called for investment in education during her state of the state address. she ended the speech with the call to work together to address the challenges facing new mexico. the speech is about 45 minutes. [ applause ] hello. good afternoon. please be seated. lieutenant governor, senate, president, our new house speaker, democratic and republican leaders, esteemed members of the new mexico legislator, honorable members of the judiciary, former new mexico governors, tribal governors,