"Moreover, the bill creates a risk that the class will be expanded through litigation to include other retirees within PERS seeking the same treatment."
The governor also vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority to issue bonds to pay for renovating and modernizing the state's 55 courthouses, some of which date to the 19th century.
The authority gets $2 million a year from courthouse fees. The governor did not want to commit the entirety of that money to paying back the money borrowed through those bonds.
"I believe that the possible long-term funding issues facing the Authority significantly outweigh the positive attributes of the bill," he said in his veto message.
As chairman of the state Senate Finance Committee and later as Senate president, Tomblin saw firsthand the price paid when the Legislature fails to look at the big picture and weigh the long-term cost of legislation.
Bravo to Tomblin for vetoing these two shortsighted measures. The electorate should ask delegates and state senators why they failed to do the math.