"With a difficult national economy, the governor did not think it was the right time to increase fees for our residents," Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman said.
This year, Tomblin appointed a "blue ribbon commission" to study road funding, though he's also asking the transportation department to make some cuts to its budget.
A wide range of assessments - from state road officials to a West Virginia University economist to legislative Democrats - have concluded the road fund needs new money, either from taxes or fees. Tomblin is obviously not committing to that at this point and some Republicans have suggested money can be found within the budget.
The DMV line of attacks has appeared in a number of ads, including TV ads paid for by D.C.-based GOPAC-West Virginia; mailers paid for by the Eastern Panhandle Freedom Fund; and by the West Virginia Republican Party in TV ads against Delegates Ron Fragale and Richard Iaquinta, both D-Harrison.
In reference to the ad against Fragale and Iaquinta, state Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said the two "claim to be conservative, but their voting records prove otherwise."
Pam Van Horn, the director of the West Virginia Democratic Legislative Council, said members are unhappy with the ads.
"All of our members, of course, are not happy," she said. "They do not feel it is not a fair representation of their overall record by any means."
The state has not had a general tax increase in nearly two decades and the Legislature has lately been reducing or eliminating some taxes, though some fees have risen.