West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed three bills into law (HB 3142, HB 3144 and SB 635) at the end of March that will support the state’s coal mining sector. Surrounded by miners at Murray Energy Corp.’s Harrison County mine, the governor spoke candidly about the situation. “This might be the act that preserves your jobs,” Justice said. “What would we do without you? Without the coal business, there would be no income, no roads and no schools in many parts of West Virginia.” Justice said he believes the bills would protect vital coal mining jobs for decades and incentivize job creation by coal companies. Ryan Murray, vice president-operations, Murray Energy Corp. thanked the governor for his dedication and commitment. Video footage of the event is available on YouTube.
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