COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Governor Henry McMaster kept his promise and vetoed the gas tax bill passed by the General Assembly. The governor explained his decision in a short social media video Tuesday evening, saying:
McMaster had planned to veto the bill because he is against raising taxes. There is overwhelming support from lawmakers to override the governor's decision.
The House passed the bill in a 99-20 vote and adopted the version passed by the State Senate Monday night.
After the House's vote, House Speaker Jay Lucas (District 65-Darlington) called this the "most significant infrastructure bill to pass the General Assembly in 30 years" the success of "an overwhelming bipartisan majority vote."
"Even though Governor McMaster has issued a veto threat, I encourage him to consider the magnitude of support behind this issue, change course, and immediately sign this roads bill into law," Lucas said in a statement before the bill went before the Governor.
In order for the bill to become a law, it must receive a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate. Should that happen, the bill would become law on July 1.
The vote to override the Governor's veto could happen as early as Wednesday.