Kessler, who represents an area deep into Marcellus shale drilling, would set aside 25 percent of the state's oil and natural gas severance taxes, after the state collects its first $175 million. The interest from the set aside money would be spent on public works projects, economic development and educational enhancement.
This would start out small - next year's collections are expected to be $176.4 million, which would leave only one-quarter of the $1.4 million for the Future Fund after deducting that first $175 million.
But eventually the money will roll in and a century from now, people will be glad that today's legislators left a big inheritance instead of a big debt.
That's what happened in Texas.
West Virginia followed the rules and became one of the 21 states that adopted strict federal guidelines for issuing driver's licenses, called Real ID. In the wake of terrorism, the nation wanted to make driver's licenses more secure.
Drivers spent hours tracking down birth certificates and marriage licenses to prove their citizenship and identity to the Division of Motor Vehicles. But it was for naught, DMV Commissioner Steve Dale told lawmakers this week.
"Real ID is not being enforced anywhere," Dale said.
Were West Virginians had? When people demand an example of over-regulation, they should bear this unenforced law in mind. Congress passed this law in the name of protecting the nation, but without enforcement, what good is Real ID?