So, this is interesting…
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, who has publicly threatened to veto any roads plan from the General Assembly that includes raising user fees on motor vehicle fuel, asked President Trump for a $5 billion federal bailout to fix the state’s crumbling roads.
The request, sent to the president in a letter Monday, includes $4 billion to repave crumbling highways and reduce traffic congestion.
Another $500 million would be spent to address 2,000 miles of the state’s deadliest roads. Another $500 million would go to replace and repair structurally deficient bridges.
“Some (S.C. roads) are worn and inadequate; others are dangerous,” McMaster wrote, blaming “years of enduring storms, floods, breached dams, hurricanes, the recession, counter-productive federal polices and other factors.”
On the same day, Trump — whom McMaster endorsed very early in last year’s presidential election — made it pretty clear where he stands on the issue: A great way to fund infrastructure is to raise the gas tax.
President Donald Trump said he’s willing to raise the U.S. gas tax to fund infrastructure development and called the tax-overhaul plan he released last week the beginning of negotiations.
“It’s something that I would certainly consider,” Trump said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg News in the Oval Office, describing the idea as supported by truckers “if we earmarked money toward the highways.”
Perhaps the President’s renewed call for increased gasoline user fees will give Governor McMaster a chance to review his position on signing the roads bill that will soon be crossing his desk. We’ll see…