Thanks to Governor Justice’s leadership, the state’s economy is strong and growing stronger every day. In the last year, over 20,000 news jobs were created in West Virginia, and total personal income for the state increased by $3 billion. The state’s unemployment rate hit the lowest in over a decade, and the state recently hit the highest level of employment in over a decade.Governor Justice has delivered on his promise of diversifying our economy and creating jobs. West Virginia welcomed job growth and expansion from large and small companies, including Hino Motors, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Facebook, MPLX, Pietro Fiorentini, Northrup Grumman, Proctor & Gamble, Pratt and Whitney, Hyperloop One, and Great Barrel Company to name a few.Working with his friend President Donald Trump, Governor Justice has worked to ensure our small businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators have the investment, tools, and support they need to grow and hire more West Virginians. He will continue working with President Trump to encourage the location of more federal agencies and workers in the Mountain State.There are challenges ahead, and more work to do, and Governor Justice is focused every day on building on the successes he has achieved during his time in office.
Governor Justice believes every child in West Virginia deserves the opportunity to receive not just a good but an excellent education. He made education our centerpiece by working with education leaders, teachers, and parents to improve public schools. He delivered record pay raises for West Virginia’s teachers and school service personnel.
Governor Justice knows that education reform focused on paying hard working teachers well, increasing student achievement, and empowering parents with options that are best for their children will mean greater opportunities for our children and grandchildren.
After years of neglect, Governor Jim Justice is making historic improvements to our highways and secondary roads. Over the last year, the Division of Highways completed a record-setting 27,000 miles of road paving and maintenance.
Governor Justice’s Roads to Prosperity Program has resulted in nearly $2 billion for construction and maintenance of highways and roads, including The Coalfields Expressway, the King Coal Highway, and the next phase of Corridor H. Other major highway work recently awarded, include road work on the I-70 Bridges Project in Wheeling, the I-64 Nitro/St. Albans Bridge, the U.S. 35 Project, and I-64 widening work.
Governor Justice addressed the drug abuse crisis with a three-pronged attack: go after the drug runners, offer addicts a way out, and create jobs to solve the core problem. He created the West Virginia Narcotics Intelligence Unit to use state-of-the-art data analytics, forensic accounting, and support to every West Virginia law enforcement agency to crack down on drug trafficking activity.
Governor Justice created the Jobs & Hope Program to help combat the state’s drug crisis by offering free addiction treatment while, at the same time, offering free career and technical education. This effort has been an enormous success. Over 1,200 West Virginians have been referred to the program, and people are graduating with skills and training for exciting new careers.
With Governor Justice and President Trump, West Virginians have a strong, conservative leadership team. Governor Justice appointed the most conservative state Supreme Court in state history. He is a pro-life champion and staunchly pro-life. He is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights and an avid outdoorsman. Governor Justice stands with President Trump and will prevent the establishment of sanctuary cities in West Virginia.