CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)- Gov. Jim Justice, whose has been tied to the debts of his family businesses, promised that they will be paid off soon in a news conference he held Friday afternoon.
Governor Jim Justice has a passion for coal, timber, agriculture and hospitality as his family is all involved in those industries. Including this week, Justice was ranked Number eleven on Business Insider’s list of “The 13 Richest U.S. Politicians In Office.”
But, Justice has still had struggles when it comes to companies.
Reports released earlier last year concluded that mines owned by the Justice family owed about $15 million in taxes and fines in six states, including $4.71 million in West Virginia.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported about the time thousands of teachers were rallying at the state Capitol for better wages and stable healthcare costs.
Meanwhile, a federal judge ordered The Greenbrier resort, which is owned by Justice’s family, to pay out nearly $1.5 million as outcomes of two lawsuits over debts that resulted when the annual Greenbrier Classic golf tournament was flooded out in 2016, the Gazette-Mail reported.
WV Metro News reported that at the press conference, Justice talked about the state’s economic struggles when he started broadly discussing his view that bankruptcy should be avoided. The context was the deep fiscal gap the state faced when Justice first became governor.
Justice at the end of the press conference promised those attending that he will make a difference and fulfill his promises.