Under his current plan, the changes would be effective Jan. 1, 2013 - meaning anyone who has already bought a plug-in, hybrid or E85 vehicle so far this year thinking they would get the credit will come up short during tax season next year.
State Automobile and Truck Dealers Association president Ruth Lemmon told me in January that state auto dealers and consumers were starting to catch on to the credit and take advantage of it.
One can only imagine the outcry when those buyers find the rug pulled out from under them.
Leaders in both the House of Delegates and state Senate have both told me they intend to change the bill so that anyone who has already purchased an alternative-fuel vehicle this year will still be able to use the credit.
The changes to the credit were already factored into the fiscal year 2014 budget Tomblin presented to the Legislature in February. So if lawmakers want to extend the existing credit beyond July 1, they'll have to find a way make up for the credit.
The bill has been on the agenda for the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, but has yet to advance. Senators have until April 3 to pass the bill and move it to the House.
Speaking of stagnant road fund revenues, I might have a solution.
Pass a bill allowing police to pull over and issue a $10 fine to any Ohio driver caught driving too slow in the left lane of the interstate.
Throw in North and South Carolina drivers, and we could probably have that $200 million section of U.S. 35 built by Christmas.