Justice calls for hiring West Virginians for road projects

Governor-elect Jim Justice, left, is greeted by Major General James Hoyer as he arrives to deliver the keynote address for the West Virginia Economic Recovery Summit on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Marshall University's Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says now that voters have approved $1.6 billion in state bonding for road and bridge projects, the next step is to ensure West Virginians are hired to do the construction work.
In a Twitter post on Monday, he says they will put a task force in place to ensure as many state residents as possible are put to work.
The Charleston-Gazette Mail reports he told reporters on Monday he’s also planning to call a special session of the Legislature, where one issue will be streamlining state hiring policies to five about 500 vacant positions in the state’s Division of Highways.
The Secretary of State’s office reported 87,751 people voted for the amendment and 37,759 against. The nearly 3-to-1 approval came from about 11 percent of eligible voters.