A deal by state legislators contains some beneficial provisions, but it cuts into funding for other government services.
A transportation deal brokered by legislators this week is superior to one handed to them last month by Gov. Bob McDonnell. It does less harm to the Roanoke and New River valleys, yet it is far from harmless.
The question now facing delegates and senators is whether to support the compromise as the best they can hope to achieve. We conclude that it is, but not without regret.