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Manchin Slams Teachers in West Virginia

The vulnerable senator is representing a state that has been rocked by massive teacher strikes in recent weeks.

By NTK Staff | 03.04.2018 @10:21am

Responding to accusations that his tenure as governor facilitated the teacher strike in West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that the allegations are “crazy.”

“The West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy is pointing the finger at large tax cuts that you signed into law when you were governor,” Tapper said to Manchin.

The CNN host quoted the organization’s analysis. “They’re saying we can’t afford [teacher pay]. Well, we can’t afford it because we’ve done these large tax cuts.”

West Virginia teachers have been on strike for days, objecting to large tax cuts that led to cuts in their pay. Manchin rejected this premise.

The Democrat argued that he increased teacher pay 24 percent during his governorship.

The senator then seemingly slammed the tax cut plan he implemented. “If you think you can cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut and have no revenue whatsoever,” he said, not finishing his thought.

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