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On the heels of a triumph ...

November 21, 2006

Fresh from a session in which the the West Virginia Legislature not only paid down the state debt, but cut taxes, too, Gov. Joe Manchin has reasons to look forward to the regular session in 2007.

But a report from the Charleston bureau of The Associated Press suggests that the governor needs to take care that his triumphs don't go to his head and that he pays close attention to the state's finances.

Republicans griped that for all of Manchin's talk about bipartisanship, he failed to give them credit for helping to pass his bills. And worse, some said that after accepting their help, he actively campaigned for their Democratic opponents.

Manchin's office said he did not campaign against any Republican and never mentioned Don Blankenship, the head of Massey Energy, who spent millions trying to elect Republican lawmakers.

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On the debt side, it's the Democrats expressing concern. Outgoing House Speaker Bob Kiss said after the special session that Manchin's pledge to pay down the state debt by $1 billion was key to approval for his bills.

Last week, Kiss warned that any future tax cuts must be coupled with measures to guard against increasing the state's debt.

We agree. It make everyone happy to cut taxes, especially the much-reviled sales tax on food.

But the would-be tax-cutters need to look at what such revenues pay for. And, if they are necessary services such as schools and roads, they need to decide where the money will be found to pay for them.

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