Tomblin could tackle the state's crumbling roads and bridges. The state's gas tax no longer keeps up with highway construction and repair needs. Taxes and/or fees would have to be raised.
Tomblin may be reluctant to go there, especially in 2014, since many Democrats, who are most likely to support an increase, will be up for re-election.
The governor will also face pressure next legislative session to raise teachers salaries. The unions believe they are due, especially after they compromised on the governor's major education reform legislation this year.
The trick will be finding money for a raise while also paying the rest of the state's bills, including rising Medicaid costs.
Tomblin has kept in his back pocket a cigarette tax increase. West Virginia's per-pack tax (55 cents) is among the lowest in the nation, and sin taxes are usually the easiest to raise.
Tomblin had a couple of significant accomplishments in the last session, including education reform and a new law to relieve prison overcrowding. He has an opportunity to do more, but that window will close quickly.
Next year, politics will play an even bigger role under the Capitol dome because it will be an election year and Republicans believe they have a chance to take over the House of Delegates.
And it won't be long afterward that lawmakers will begin to see Tomblin, who cannot run again in 2016, as a lame duck.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.