Editorial - Making quiet progress
Even though it took a last-minute special session to secure all of the gains made in the preceding months, West Virginia's 1998 edition of the state legislature was a successful one, in large part because Gov. Cecil Underwood opted for slow progress on important issues instead of provoking bruising battles on divisive topics. It's a lesson other governors could profit from studying.
Following Saturday's special session, which restored a $756 per-person pay raise for teachers and school service personnel, lawmakers in Charleston said that rather than pressing for new programs, the governor had instead made improvement of existing road-construction and school-improvement programs his top priorities.
Just as important, lawmakers said, was that when the governor's proposal to change the way liability suits were handled was defeated, he didn't rant and rave, but moved on to consideration of the next issue in a decidely non-partisan way.