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W. Va. Governor talks work stoppage in Wheeling town hall

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The Teacher Work Stoppage will Tuesday for the 4th day.

The Unions made that announcement Monday afternoon and teachers were out all day picketing for higher wages and a fix for PEIA. Governor Jim Justice was at Wheeling Park High School Monday morning to hold a town hall meeting with teachers.

Governor Jim Justice called himself outspoken during the first of his statewide town hall meetings.

“Believe it or not, I can be the town redneck too, I mean I can. Now just listen, I’m not saying that anybody here is that but you know, we can get out there,” said West Virginia Governor Jim Justice.

To solve PEIA, the highest priority at the town hall, the Governor said he believes there needs to be a special session to solve the gas severance tax.

“We can generate additional severance dollars from gas, I will dedicate whatever portion it needs to be dedicated to, to fix PEIA permanently.”

The Governor said he didn’t come to Wheeling to “Lie and blow smoke and teachers, public employees, and service personnel are demanding answers.” Including students like Triadelphia Middle School 6th grader Gideon, the son of an Ohio County teacher, who asked the governor about using tourism money for teachers.

“If you put money in schools you’re making smart people, and if you have smart people you can make more smart investments,” said Titus-Glover.

The governor said solving these issues will not be a quick fix, he thinks it’s in the best interest of teachers to head back into the classroom.

“I’m not putting pressure on you to go back to the classroom, I mean, at the end of the day that’s your choice,” said Governor Justice.

Promising by handshake, the governor said he would also create a special task force to fix PEIA and other issues. Teachers like 32-year veteran, Susan Brossman said they hope he keeps his word because they are tired of being last.

“We deserve more than that, we’re being pulled into the gutter and our lives are about pulling people out of the gutter,” Brossman said.

Governor Justice told the crowd the special task force, that includes teachers, will be appointed in the next 7-10 days.

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