WIS GM: What happened to legislators' promises on road funding?

Published: Jun. 8, 2015 at 2:11 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2015 at 10:10 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The following “My Take” is an expression of opinion by the editorial board at WIS, and presented by Vice President and General Manager Lyle Schulze:

As we reported in our My Take segment last week, South Carolina's long awaited roads bill appears doomed to make it. And as legislators head home for 2015, a key promise remains unfulfilled. And it affects everyone in the state...our crumbling roads. In September, a committee was formed to figure out how to fix those decaying, cracked danger zones.

Many ideas on how to pay for the improvements were debated, mostly focusing on increasing the gas tax. Other plans threw in a tax cut along with DOT reform. Those increases would range from 10 to 12 cents.

Looking at it another way, it would be about 10 bucks in additional costs per year to the average driver, while raising $33 million.

Fast forward nine months later. What happened to those big promises?

Well, we got a lot of debate, amendments and filibusters, but nothing much else. And now, as the regular session draws to a close it looks like lawmakers will have to wait until next year's session to try to fulfill those big promises from that September day. And drivers are left to suffer through another year of bumps in the road and navigating their way through concrete obstacle courses to get to their destination.

And that's just a shame.That's my take. What's yours?  Write to My Take at P.O. Box 367, Columbia, SC 29202, or send an email.