ELKINS, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice touted the state’s economy during three stops in Randolph County Thursday.
Justice got a look at Corridor H highway construction, handed out some community corrections grants in Elkins and took at a tour of the Armstrong Flooring Plant in Beverly.
Justice told a crowd gathered at the Randolph County Courthouse that President Donald Trump and his infrastructure program are the keys to finishing Corridor H.
“I think his (infrastructure program) will be coming in the next 12 months and we’ll get another bump,” Justice predicted. “And absolutely from me to him you can rest assured that I’ve never changed my mind in any way that this (Corridor H) is the most important project.”
Justice also told the residents they should watch the month-by-month state revenue collection numbers in the new fiscal year. He predicted the collections would continue to indicate a strengthening economy.
“We have literally, and I’m not tooting my horn because I truly believe it’s a miracle from God above. I do. I truly do,” Justice said. “It’s just unbelievable what’s happened in this state. The numbers have completely flipped.”
Justice said the state ended the fiscal year with $32 million above estimates and half will go into the Rainy Day fund.
“My job is to make you have opportunity. My job is to try and bring goodness to our state and things are happening and they are happening in a really good way,” Justice said.
Randolph County has long benefited from the wood products industry and Justice said he’s hopeful a proposal before President Trump would boost those efforts.
“The President of the United States is considering and we’re going through it nearly every day in regard to trying to find a way to bring furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, flooring, right back to the United States and a big chunk of that could come back to West Virginia,” Justice said.
Justice also told the Elkins crowd his administration continues to try and find $276,000 for an outdoor theater in the area.