Senate Being Prudent

Republican state senators were criticized by some this weekend for not allowing an immediate vote on a plan formulated by Gov. Jim Justice to augment pay raises already granted to West Virginia public school employees.

But senators were right to insist a committee look into Justice’s claim that, suddenly, he has reason to believe that next year, the state will collect $58 million more than forecast previously. That amount happens to be what it would take to grant Justice’s suggested pay raise.

Have West Virginians not seen enough midyear government spending cuts — including some affecting schools — because of unrealistic revenue estimates? Regardless of how one feels about the pay raise, simple prudence dictates someone ensure the $58 million will materialize.