South Carolina’s “Republican-controlled” House of Representatives will not pass an increase in the state’s gasoline tax, sources close to S.C. Speaker Bobby Harrell (RINO-Charleston) tell FITS.

“No gas tax increase will pass the House – period,” one source told us over the holiday break. “It ain’t happening.”

Fiscal liberals, special interests and left-leaning mainstream media outlets – led by The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper – have demanded the gas tax increase as a means of addressing what they refer to as billions of dollars in unaddressed infrastructure needs.  Of course these tax-and-spenders neglect to mention our state government is wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary transportation boondogggles – or that South Carolina taxpayers are paying to maintain the nation’s fourth-largest network of roads (despite our state ranking 40th in size).

Most importantly, they fail to point out South Carolina’s dirt poor citizens pay a higher percentage of their income on fuel costs than residents of any other state save for … you guessed it … Mississippi.

To her credit S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley opposes a gas tax hike.  So does S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, a rural Democrat who has actually proposed a modest gas tax cut.

The gas tax hike is one of several proposed “revenue enhancements” being considered as state lawmakers prepare to return to Columbia, S.C.  For example, powerful S.C. Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman (RINO-Florence) is hoping to raise the state’s sales tax – also to address so-called “infrastructure needs.”

Let’s hope Haley and our state’s “Republican-controlled” General Assembly rejects each and every tax increase that rears its ugly head this session … as South Carolinians simply cannot afford to be deprived of any additional income in these uncertain economic times.