CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WTAP) - Update: 1/8/2020
Gov. Jim Justice wants to let West Virginians know something: Everything's fine.
The Republican governor painted an upbeat picture of the state's finances and outlined his legislative agenda Wednesday night in a State of the State speech that featured a rusty hatchet, a tackle box and dozens of reflective safety vests.
The touted positive gains in revenue collections, jobs and personal income, telling the statehouse crowd of ``it just gets better and better and better.'' Democrats pounced on the governor's narrative, saying the governor needs to stop spinning the state's problems.
West Virginia's 2020 legislative session has officially begun.
The Senate and House of Delegates gaveled in Wednesday, starting the first day of the session with the chambers formally introducing bills and fulfilling ceremonial duties as lawmakers await Gov. Jim Justice's annual State of the State speech.
Lawmakers have floated several measures for the session, including proposals that would create a state investment fund, change the state's bail system and cut some taxes on manufacturing businesses.
There is also a proposal to bar sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The chambers only met for a few minutes before recessing.
West Virginia governor Jim Justice is scheduled to give his fourth State of the State address on Wednesday, January 8.
It will be delivered to a joint session of the West Virginia Legislature in the House of Delegates chamber.
The address will start at 7 p.m.
Watch it live on Suddenlink Channel 6, or on CAS on Channel 12.
You can also watch live on YouTube, Facebook, or Governor Justice's Twitter page.