With only four weeks remaining in the year’s legislative session, South Carolina House members gathered Tuesday to show solidarity on their road funding plan that has stalled in the Senate.
The idea of paying for new road repairs through an increase in the gas tax has met opposition from a group of Senate Republicans who want the tax offset by an income tax cut. Meanwhile, Gov. Henry McMaster again Tuesday reiterated his opposition to any gas tax increase.
Flanked by 60 legislators from both parties, House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, said he would not support the governor’s idea of using a nearly $500 million bond to borrow road repair funds until a long-term solution could be reached. Lucas and House budget writers hope to use the bond for maintenance and improvement projects at state-owned buildings and college campuses.
“We refuse to mislead the people of South Carolina with a seemingly easy solution that will do nothing for our state’s roads,” Lucas told reporters. [Read more…]