SCDOT Spares No Expense On New Board Room

“SPENDING IS GETTING OUT OF HAND AGAIN” 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?…



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 …


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The Big Paaschtuukaa January 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

A curse be upon the offenders!

MedMan January 18, 2013 at 4:44 am

This is really not surprising knowing the secretary of transportation.

No crap! January 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Sounds like Elinor (bloody bitch) Kitzman and Marsha (the dwarf) Adams are in charge of DOT now. They spent a small fortune redecorating the Budget and Control Bd. Guess Elinor was trying to impress Sen. Peeler!
Oh well, it’s just taxpayer money and there is an unlimited supply.
Just ask the twins, Barak O’bama and Nikki Haley!

scsince60 January 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm

More jews.

commonman January 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

The people now live to support government. And no one we elect cares.

No crap! January 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm


? January 18, 2013 at 8:30 am

“The people now live to support government.”

You can add to your list welfare queens, welfare corps, etc. et al

The reality is that there are few net tax payers. It’s looking like the parasites will kill the hosts.

hawk January 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm

The Curse of PMSC lives on!

Ronald January 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Call Treasurer Loftis. He blistered their ass last year. He put them on the front page and got the contractors paid and their cash balances up and a whole lot more internal reforms done.

I know cause I work there!

Ironchef January 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

72″ screen = $950 dollars. THE SCANDAL!

Google “hdtv 72 inch”

Smirks January 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

You’re assuming they got a cheap brand for a good deal and not a name brand for full suggested retail price, though.

Even then, though, the table and chairs are far worse.

Smirks January 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

They should be made to sit on milk crates at a folding table. And not just the board room, but their desks too.

shifty henry January 18, 2013 at 9:07 am

….. good one!

pluffmudder January 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

Then you need to FOIA the costs. Capital improvements over $100,000 have to be approved by the Budget and Control Board. If no one holds bureaucrats accountable then they will keep doing things like this because they know that nobody cares.

? January 18, 2013 at 8:42 am

There’s a term called “rational disinterest” that I’ve seen applied to this “nobody cares” situation.

Bascially, the theory is that because people inherently know voting doesn’t work and that most pols won’t really be held accountable for corruption they just “get on” with the daily lives and ignore the whole unfixable situation.

It’s an interesting theory and seems axiomatic.

One can come to FITSnews and see every day the wasteland of corruption on all levels. It’s unstoppable.

Jake Knotts getting income from his illegal video game empire, Lillian McBride retaining her job, etc. et al….while there are exceptions to the rule so to speak, they actual times dirty pols(which is 95% of them) actually pay for their crimes is infinitesimally small in comparison to the total population of pols.

The Dome January 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

The Budget and control board is a Damn joke! Should be called the BS (Bull Shit)Board.

Huge Leatherman, big spending RINO who cares a Damn about the taxpayer and will waste every cent he can.

Richard Eckstrom, who is a perverted prick sniffing female butts is his gig.

Brian White, Bobby harrells butt boy his strings are pulled by Harrell and isn’t allowed to take a crap without Harrells approval.

Nikki Haley, who is a proven liar, cheat, who will sell her soul for a dollar and has appointed the worse, most incompetent ass kissers ever in State Government.

Curtiss Loftis who has been de-nutted by the afore mentioned bunch of rogues and scoundrells.

shifty henry January 18, 2013 at 9:09 am

….. does Nikki do the kissing for a dollar? Does she accept quarters?

Trolling Green University January 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

They would just fall out of those garters…

? January 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

“Curtiss Loftis who has been de-nutted”

It does seem that way.

He’s probably a decent fellow and had good intentions…but had to learn a hard lesson on the nature of gov’t. He’s probably no longer naive in that regard.

He’d be a better contributor to society back out in the market place instead of wasting his time with the foolish notion of “fixing” the gov’t mafia from the inside.

shifty henry January 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

….. how much per hour does it cost for these “improvements”? Divide the number of hours actually used into the total cost – use one calendar year just for kicks. I don’t know how oftern the board meets or for how many hours. —- just curious!

Bill January 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

What do you expect from a Haley appointee, other than graft, corruption, and ineptitude??

St. Onge is just another one.


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