- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Jim Justice plans to visit a highway project in Raleigh County on Sunday, calling it the first stop on his statewide “S.O.S Tour.”

In the early afternoon visit to the Coalfields Expressway project on Route 121 near Sophia, Justice says he’ll discuss his proposal to create up to 48,000 jobs building roads using more than $1 billion in bonding.

To seed that financing, he proposes raising the annual license plate decal fee to $50, increasing the West Virginia Turnpike toll by $1 and raising the excise tax on gasoline by 10 cents a gallon.

Justice, a 65-year-old businessman, has also called for setting aside $105 million for economic development and infrastructure investment in an “SOS” fund intended to help the state hurting from a downturn in coal mining.

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