Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia legislators have exceedingly full plates this winter and spring. The last thing they need is one more knotty problem to solve.
But a challenge that has many state leaders worried - funding for highways and bridges - needs attention soon. That was made apparent last week when Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said Division of Highways funding will drop by $8.5 million next year, in part because the state will lose $35 million in federal funding.
Money available for the DOH already is far short of meeting needs. Clearly, once the current legislative session ends, highway and bridge money needs to be a priority for state officials.