West Virginia governor says Kentucky debts will be paid

FILE -In this Tuesday June 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, gestures during an interview at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Justice, billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort and Democratic nominee for governor, closed his hotel for business and opened it as a free shelter after the June 23 floods that killed 23 people, including 15 in Greenbrier County. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says companies linked to him won’t shirk millions of dollars owed in Kentucky but he didn’t say when payments would be made.
Justice announced Monday that coal companies linked to his family have paid all the delinquent taxes they owe in West Virginia and its counties. But the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday that records from county clerk offices show more than $2.5 million is owed across at least five Kentucky counties.
The newspaper said some of the counties are struggling to fund schools and social services due to budgetary shortfalls.
Justice said he wants to pay everything as soon as possible. But he has transferred control of the companies to his children and couldn’t say how the companies are working to pay the debts.