Governor Justice Delivers State of the State Address

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At 7 p.m. Governor Justice delivered the State of the State address with optimism for the current legislative session.

A conservative budget is planned for the session. On the top of the agenda, Governor Justice plans to dedicate funds for proposed legislation regarding the Medicaid Families First Fund. This would ensure that money is available to families that are in need. Another part of this plan would include eliminating the waitlist for the IDD waiver.

Governor Justice also hopes to make it a top priority to eliminate the Business Inventory Tax, starting this year and phasing it out over a time period. Another priority he mentioned included establishing an Intermediate Court of Appeals.

Other areas of the budget included dedicating funds to starting a new unit called the Narcotics Intelligence Movement, as well as funds for senior services, veteran care and childcare services.