* Increasing the vehicle sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent to raise $37.2 million a year (adding $300 to the price of a $30,000 car.
* Raising Division of Motor Vehicles fees to generate another $69.4 million a year.
* Finding an additional $250 million a year somewhere else.
Kump said he wants to see greater efficiency in the highways department to free up more money. Folk said the state could benefit from regulatory and legal reforms, a downsizing of government, and a more accurate determining of prevailing wage rates.
These delegates gauge the public mood accurately.
Of course West Virginians want better roads. But many will want the state to show hundreds of millions in savings before it asks people who are 47th in per capita income to part with hundreds of millions a year out of their household budgets.
The conversation would proceed more smoothly from that starting point.