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The 2014 session of the West Virginia 

Legislature is here and elected officials on both sides of the aisle are making their pitches for the best ways to move our state forward. This is an election year so we know it's unlikely we will see anything truly dynamic, nor are we going to see the kinds of bold initiatives we need to address challenges keeping this state from reaching its potential. That's unfortunate. 

Whether they want to or not, one issue lawmakers must tackle is the ever-shrinking tax revenue and a budget that must accommodate for what experts claim will be a multi-million dollar shortfall. What we've seen initially from both camps seems to grasp this concept, but, as the session moves on and the special interests start raising their voices, we hope our representatives put reality over politics. These are going to be lean times and we need to act accordingly. If history is any indication, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin understands this and will show proper leadership. Thoughtful, if not spirited, discussion and debate will be part of this process, but what we're asking is something that every family in this state has done — develop a budget and stick with it.