(01/17/2017)
Long held ethical practices of the appropriate operation of America's democracy, related to conflict of interest, have gone by the wayside with the election of Donald Trump as president and Jim Justice as WV governor.

They both are holding their business interests close to their chest and declined to release their income taxes.

Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice still owe his cash-strapped state $4.4 million in unpaid taxes due at least a year ago, tax liens show.

Justice isn't involved now in the operation of his family's businesses, which are going into a blind trust, unlike President Trumps business operations.

Most West Virginians don't seem to mind, after all, it will "trickle down."

Most WV governors during the last century, while giving lip service to ethical management, had coal interests, and a few stretched their interests so far they spent a while in prison.

The new normal: "We don't care, we'll all be great again."

- Bob Weaver

READ: whatever Conflicts remain as Justice prepares to take office by Andrew Brown, Staff Writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail


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