Bobby Harrell To Push Highway Boondoggle
Big government, anti-free market crony capitalist Bobby Harrell – arguably the most powerful politician in the state of South Carolina – will pressure members of the S.C. Department of Transportation to approve more money for the totally unnecessary Interstate 526 boondoggle this week.
The powerful Speaker of the House is a very late addition to the SCDOT board meeting scheduled for this week in Columbia, S.C. – a move which strikes us as evidence of desperation on the part of the road’s supporters.
Specifically, Harrell will seek to convince commission members to sign an agreement obligating the expenditure of another $136 million on the eight-mile, $558 million project.
FITS has consistently opposed this expansion– which has negligible public benefit and dubious local support. In fact next to the totally unnecessary Interstate 73 project, we view it as the single most wasteful highway expenditure in the state.
Of course in the Palmetto State – where up is down and down is up (and lots of lawmakers are cross-eyed) – that means it has rocketed to the very top of the state’s infrastructure budget.