WV Governor, Who Owes Millions in Delinquent Taxes, Lectures Striking Teachers on ‘Consequences’

By Sahid Fawaz

West Virginia’s governor lectured striking teachers about consequences yesterday.

That is some rich advice coming from someone who can’t be bothered by the consequences of owing millions in delinquent taxes.

NPR did an “investigation [that] show[ed] that Justice’s mining companies still fail to pay millions of dollars in mine safety penalties two years after an earlier investigation documented the same behavior. Our analysis of federal data shows that Justice is now the nation’s top mine safety delinquent.

His mining companies owe $15 million in six states, including property and minerals taxes, state coal severance and withholding taxes, and federal income, excise and unemployment taxes, as well as mine safety penalties, according to county, state and federal records.”

And the Lexington Herald reports that “Coal companies linked to the billionaire governor of West Virginia owe $2.9 million in delinquent property taxes in Kentucky, shorting schools and local government programs of money at a time many are struggling with tight finances.”

Seems like a great guy. I hope he continues to enlighten us with his thoughts on “consequences.”

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