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Shortened session threatens roads bill

The new legislative session in South Carolina is short. Really short. In fact, as of today, there are only 15 legislative days left in 2017. That’s it! According to House Majority Leader Gary Simrill (R-Rock Hill), the shortened session is a big threat to fixing our roads, with the slow-moving Senate continuing to delay action on a bill. Simrill told …

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Pitts to Senate: Do your job

Did you see the quote in the GSA Business Report yesterday from South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President Ted Pitts? It was awesome! Here’s his quote: “The people of South Carolina deserve better and expect more – they want the Senate do its job, follow the House’s lead and make a long-term investment in our decaying roads and decrepit bridges that we can all celebrate.” …

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Commentary: The tax of doing nothing [Greenville News]

Carlos Phillips is the President and CEO of the Greenville Chamber. And this weekend, he submitted an excellent commentary in the Greenville News urging lawmakers to pass a gas tax plan that provides sustainable funding for to finally begin fixing our losing roads. Here’s an excerpt: The South Carolina Senate is debating whether to pass an additional 12 cents per …

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Editorial: Time to do something about SC’s highways, bridges [WYFF]

An excellent and concise editorial from WYFF: Enough is enough. We believe it’s time to do something about a problem in South Carolina that only gets worse with each passing day. The problem is the condition of the state’s highways and bridges: crumbling asphalt, potholes, and structural deficiencies. Four years ago, we delivered a similar editorial, talking about how woefully …

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South Carolina gas prices are the lowest in the nation [Post & Courier]

From the Post & Courier: The price of gasoline retreated below $2 a gallon during the past week across South Carolina for the first time since early December, continuing the state’s run for the lowest-cost fuel in the nation. A gallon of regular gas now costs $1.99 on average across the Palmetto State, according to gas price service GasBuddy. Motor …

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SC’s disastrous roads are costing you $1,850 per year and it’s only getting worse

COSTS WILL RISE AND CONDITIONS WILL WORSEN WITHOUT INCREASED FUNDING Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost South Carolina motorists a total of $5.4 billion statewide annually – as much as $1,850 per driver in some urban areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in …

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Crunching numbers on roads and our tax burden [Post & Courier]

From the Post & Courier: Most surveys rank South Carolina’s tax burden somewhere between 9th- and 11th-lowest among the states. Basically, the tax bite for median families here is about $4,000 per household – 17.5 percent cheaper than the national average, according to the most recent study from WalletHub. It’s hard to argue we are Taxachusetts. South Carolina residents don’t …

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Drivers pay $1.58 as group talks gas tax hike [Greenville News]

Some Upstate drivers were surprised at the gas pump on Monday morning when Freedom Action Network of South Carolina (FANofSC) paid their gas tax, reducing the cost per gallon to $1.58. In protest of a proposed gas tax hike making its way through the legislature, FANofSC paid the gas tax for the first 1,000 gallons of gas sold at Eagles …