March 03, 2014
View from a motel room.
El Cabrero's beloved state of West Virginia got hammered with what I devoutly hope to be the last winter storm of 2014. It's been a slushy mess of rain, freezing rain and snow.
I drove to Charleston last night to beat the storm because some important bills are going to live or die in the last days of the legislative session. The Future Fund, a prospective mineral trust fund, was on the House Judiciary agenda last night, but the committee was busy with SB 373, the water bill, until the wee hours of the morning. Future Fund may be up this morning.
I'm not sure what the odds for the Future Fund are. It passed the Senate unanimously, but the House is pretty strange this year, with rivalries within and between houses and parties. One would think it would be hard to be against setting aside some revenues we haven't seen yet to meet needs we don't have yet, but anything could happen.
As I've said before, the most dangerous words in West Virginia policy and politics are "It's a no-brainer."