On episode 010 of Mountain State Views, host Steven Allen Adams talks with Jason Pizatella, a former staffer and cabinet official for four West Virginia governors, getting an outsider's perspective in state politics from a former insider. The two talk about the now-paused special session on tax reform and abortion, Gov. Jim Justice's style when dealing with the Legislature, and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin being back in the news for his Inflation Reduction Act.
Jason Pizatella is an attorney for Spilman Thomas and Battle. He is a former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Jim Justice before he switched parties from Democrat to Republican. He served multiple roles in the administration of former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, including as acting cabinet secretary for the Department of Administration and the Department of Revenue, as deputy chief of staff, as director of legislative affairs, and as deputy state tax commissioner.