These are significant accomplishments, and business groups rightly value Tomblin for that progress.
But there are lines Democrats will not cross for fear of offending their allies - state employees, unions and plaintiffs' lawyers - and it shows.
The property tax on business equipment is not competitive, but will be hard to change. The legal climate could be improved, but Democrats balk at doing more.
This produces less investment and fewer opportunities for West Virginians, dependence, low teachers salaries, a degraded work force, outmigration, crumbling roads . . . The consequences are far-reaching.
Maloney would aggressively pursue better policies.
Tomblin's supporters want to "stay the course."
Maloney describes that course accurately: "We have an archaic tax code. We have the worst educational attainment in the nation. We're 50th in college graduation rate. We're 49th in job creation. We're 50th in legal climate. . . . We've lost 80,000 manufacturing jobs."
"We need to grow the [economic] pie. "We need less dependence, not more."
Very true. It's time to get the lead out and compete, as other states are. Maloney for governor.