Should West Virginia legislators head to Charleston early for a special session, or should they wait for Feb. 9 to get busy on the state's business?
Stay home, we say. At this point, it doesn't look like Gov. Joe Manchin has convinced enough lawmakers that his proposal for dealing with some of the state's fiscal problems can be enacted quickly.
That's not to say that there aren't problems, however. Though the state has a budget surplus, it's nowhere near enough to cover the $10 billion debt racked up by the Workers' Compensation fund and a number of state pension plans.
Manchin hasn't offered a plan, but it will probably involve a large bond issue to keep those funds solvent until the state's economy improves.