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McMaster makes his mark on roads bill

True to his word, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has vetoed the roads bill sent to him Tuesday by the General Assembly. The final version of the bill provides for tax relief, DOT reform and, of course, much better roads. According to the Post & Courier, McMaster attached to his veto a brief message to lawmakers calling the roads bill inefficient. …

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Chamber of Commerce Endorses Roads Conference Report

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce on Monday said it is supporting the roads bill Conference report that House and Senate conferees agreed to on Friday. “The state’s business community fully supports the Conference report, a compromise that delivers tax relief to South Carolinians, reforms DOT and provides a long term solution to fix our roads,” said Chamber President and CEO …

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Pitts: Governor McMaster has an opportunity to take the conservative road

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Ted Pitts on Friday evening released the following statement: “We thank the Senate and House conferees for coming together and adopting a conference report that includes the kind of tax relief, DOT reform and longterm infrastructure funding solution the people of South Carolina want and deserve. “The governor now has an opportunity to take …

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Gov. McMaster Isn’t Going to Like Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

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 …

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This is the Week to Take Action on Roads

After heading home early last week without passing a roads bills (AGAIN!), the South Carolina Senate is finally back in session. Now that they’re back, this could very well be the week they get around to voting on a bill to provide dedicated funding to fix our deadly roads and decaying bridges. That means right now is the perfect time …

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Check Your Mailbox for a Very Important Message

“Time is running out to fix our roads.” The message is pretty simple and straightforward, but not everyone in the South Carolina Senate quite gets it. So we sent out a piece of direct mail over the weekend to voters across the state encouraging them to have a quick chat with their State Senator about passing a roads bill. Here’s …

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Pitts: Cost of Losing Continues to Rise With Senate’s Inaction

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts sent out a blistering statement yesterday about the rising cost of losing after the State Senate once again adjourned for the week without passing a roads bill. Here’s what Pitts had to say on Thursday afternoon: In the business world, employees are out of work if they don’t do their …

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State Chamber to Senators: With Lives and Jobs at Stake, Invest in Roads

In a letter to members of the State Senate, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today announced that the Senate vote on H.3516, which generates long-term, sustainable revenue for state roads and bridges, and votes on related amendments will be considered for the Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Scorecard. “The time is now for Senators to take action – lives and jobs …

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Watch the Heartbreaking Story of a Family Devastated by Our Losing Roads

Amy and David Lee lost their 19-year-old daughter Grayson Ann Lee, when she ran off the road and hit a tree in the median near mile marker 183 on I-26 in 2014. The Lees say the area should have been lined with cable barriers which could have saved their daughter’s life. This heartbreaking video is from The State newspaper: [Read …

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Letter: Lawmakers diddle as roads crumble [Greenville News]

The South Carolina Senate is on vacation right now. Meanwhile, our roads aren’t getting any better, and one Greer resident (along with thousands of South Carolinians) is getting pretty sick of it. From yesterday’s Greenville News: We here in the Palmetto State have been postponing repairing our deteriorating roads and bridges since before I moved here 11 years ago. The …