Haley said Tuesday she wants the state Transportation Commission disbanded, saying its decisions are better left to the Cabinet-level Transportation Secretary she appoints. The commission is a seven-member body, with one member chosen by legislators to represent each congressional district and one at-large member chosen by the governor. The Transportation Secretary, currently Robert St. Onge, does not vote on the commission’s decisions.
The governor said St. Onge frequently had trouble answering to both her and the board, who sometimes have competing interests.
Haley’s remarks came after the Budget & Control Board agreed to require the agency to provide more details on cash shortfalls that left them unable to pay contractors on time this summer. Lawmakers are looking at the possibility of reform– especially lawmakers angry the commission recently approved borrowing money to pay for new construction that was not listed as a priority.
It is the first time Gov. Haley has publicly weighed in on possible reforms.