Less than a year-and-a-half after it ran out of cash and was forced to rely on a federal bailout to stay afloat, the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is spending thousands of tax dollars on renovations to its executive board room.

Among the expenses? A custom made table rumored to have cost upwards of $15,000 and top-of-the-line leather swivel chairs for board members.

The agency’s main lobby has also been graced by a new 72-inch flat panel television screen.

“Spending is getting out of hand again,” a source inside the agency tells FITS.

Given the extent to which this agency completely lost control of its finances shortly after S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley took office, this sort of report is troubling. It’s yet another sign of SCDOT’s tone deafness in acknowledging the seriousness of its financial situation.

Seriously … this agency has stabilized its finances by halting all maintenance and resurfacing work ($200 million in deferred restructuring alone at last count). And now its leaders think they can spend tens of thousands of dollars on a swanky remodeling project?

Typical South Carolina bureaucracy in action, people …