Nikki Haley Is Flipping On The Gas Tax … Again


For months, S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s website has touted her opposition to raising gas taxes … well, at least raising them by more than ten cents a gallon.

“If we raise our gas tax by more than 10 cents per gallon, we will equal or surpass Georgia’s tax level and lose our competitive advantage,” Haley’s website once declared.

Not anymore, though.  With State Senators pushing a “compromise” tax swap – as opposed to Haley’s preferred tax swap or a pair of “Republican” tax hikes – the governor’s website has reportedly undergone a scrubbing.

“On the morning of the unveiling of the Senate Republican plan, Haley’s website was wiped of all content tied to her roads plan and replaced with unrelated content,” noted Jamie Murguia, director of research at the S.C. Policy Council.

Specifically, Haley’s objection to gas tax hikes greater than ten cents has disappeared … along with her language insisting that any offsetting income tax relief be automatic (i.e. not subject to repeal at a later date).

Wait … what?

That’s right: At the very moment State Senators have proposed a 12-cent gas tax hike in exchange for income tax relief that is far from automatic, Haley has removed her objections to these two critical policy points.

Translation?  You’re about to get screwed … and Haley isn’t going to do a damn thing to stop it.

Prior to her 2014 election, Haley was an opponent of gas tax hikes … under any circumstances.  Four months ago she flip-flopped, announcing her intention to support an immediate ten-cent increase in exchange for the promise of income tax relief down the road.


The governor is scrubbing her website in an effort to remove the ten-cent cap she originally insisted upon – as well as her insistence that offsetting income tax relief be guaranteed.

“According to the governor’s own pronouncements, the new plan would put the state at a competitive disadvantage with our neighboring state, and would fail to guarantee tax relief,” Murguia wrote.  “That should be enough to force the governor to oppose this plan, and veto it if the legislature passes anything resembling it.”

Indeed …

Unfortunately, judging by the governor’s curiously timed website scrubbing …  it looks as though her anemic veto pen is going to remain in its desk.  Which means dirt poor South Carolinians – who already pay a higher percentage of their incomes on fuel costs than residents of any other state save Mississippi or West Virginia – are about to see annual gas tax increases with zero income tax relief to show for it.

Oh, and nothing resembling real reform of our state’s failed roads system …

Sheesh.  Once again, South Carolina’s “Republican” leaders are failing the people of this state in every way imaginable.  At a time when gas prices are once again starting to creep back up.


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Jonny Logic May 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

When are you going to stop putting the word Republican in quotes. The SC legislature is acting EXACTLY as they should. Only when these Republican’s pass legislation that helps ordinary citizens or doesn’t help businesses at the expense of these citizens, should their name then be in quotes. Until then, it should be capitalized, as they are acting exactly like REPUBLICANS.

CHE May 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

what about the powerful forces of the free market?

Adamfromgrave May 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

If the roads really need repair the free market is going to do that by its invisible hand!

Invisible Hand May 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Sorry, I’m too busy scratching the ass of corporate America to waste my time with your little roads.

shakeena May 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Grand Tango would like to have an “invisible hand” too….

Invisible Hand May 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

There isn’t enough Lysol in the world.

John Boy May 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Big surprise.

fc May 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

I hope she raises it .20 a gallon so welfare freeloaders like you have skin in the game.

Give those that work an income tax break while we tax the shit out of your booze,cigs,gay marriage licence and free birth control pills.

They need to start taxing food purchased on EBT cards.

Comrade Pogo May 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Go back to Soviet Russia.

fc May 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm

How else do we make everybody pay their ‘fair share’ (obama speak)?

20,000,000 more on food stamps since Obama elected and FREE insurance for MILLIONS under Obamacare.

Why shouldn’t they contribute something?

Jackass Commie May 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

We should all be paying less not more you dipshit. This will be higher taxes for everyone and you know it.

John Boy May 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm

You and Tango are the ones posting all day. You’re the guys that need jobs…did you post that from your free phone?

Fuck SC Lawbreaking Lawmakers May 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Reports are coming in from districts around the country: Prominent U.S. congressmen (and White House officials) have been taking money out of the country’s banks and financial services firms.

Tom Dyson, a former forensic accountant at Citigroup tracking this situation, originally identified 22. Then he found 17 more.

That tally is now up to 54.

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Isn’t this a case of a DEMOCRAT call for the tax increase, with SOME Republicans acting like Democrats, and going along???

Not only do we have to fight the Democrats…we have to fight the Republicans wanting to get friendly w/ the media by acting Democrat…

fc May 8, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Have you noticed GT when we disagree on a policy and/or politician we are always civil? We always agree to disagree and explain our reasoning behind our opinion?

I sure hope these liberal socialists on here learn from you and I and take notes on how we should all get along. Doesn’t mean you stop fighting for the principles you believe in (even though liberals don’t have any).

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

I’m VERY MUCH AGAINST this Gas Tax. Are you? …

I have absolutely NO trust in the government to not waste the money…and even if they don’t, NO TAX increase is justifiable in this Miserable Obama-conomy…

fc May 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

I am not…’user’ fees are the only way EVERYBODY contributes.
Example.If the government gives you $300 a month in FREE food (EBT-food stamps)…why shouldn’t you pay a tax on that free food? 2% is only $6 a month.

GrandTango May 9, 2015 at 5:52 am

Good point…and if the gas tax passes – I’ll take some solace in an income tax rollback based on your stance…

I just don’t trust them to remove the income tax briefly, then bring it back, later…

Centrist View May 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm

In case you missed the previous website version…*/

easterndumbfuckistan May 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

The roads need to be fixed, this much is true. The state secondary roads are pitiful at this point and even the major highways are full of tank-trap sized potholes, but their has to be a better way to raise money to fix them other than another endless tax.

Slartibartfast May 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm

I’ve been considering prayer to the Almighty, that everyone in Columbia is struck dead by a bolt of lightning, but God says there are five holy people who still live there, so, no-go. In any case, they’re mostly Democrats, now – even the Republicans – so they’d be impervious to learning. By the way, why DO the heathen rage?

SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Good Question Startiblastfast – Why DO the heathen rage? Hmmmm….interesting comment from a professor. What you do profess to know on the topic?

SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Agree, but what do you do when you propose a budget to save for a “rainy day” and the Senate stays in session until they override every single veto? What can she do?

Bible Thumper May 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Damned if you do; damned if you don’t.
Haley can compromise and have some influence over the legislation, she could have her veto overridden on legislation worse than a compromise or risk no legislation at all.
The very critics who criticize her for her cantankerous relationship with the legislature will now call her a hypocrite for compromising.

Let’s wait and see the proposal and ignore the personalities.

Dont forget this part May 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Bullshit. She brought this on herself. Remember when she promised to already have a plan for roads if she were reelected? I do. Then, she waited to put forth a jumbled up bullshit plan, that would never pass.

SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

She can’t pass a darn thing. Our Governor is almost powerless, save veto power. Every stinking dirty politician in the state has made sure of that. I’m not saying she doesn’t have a game. I am saying my game agree with hers more than the other d*psh*ts out there.

She cares. She isn’t perfect. She is a woman with flaws, but damn it, she cares. How many politicians can you say that about?

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 9:21 pm

That is a great point…I’m not saying she’s doing everything right…but these critics have NO answers…other than Tom Ervin or Thomas Ravenel…

SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 1:48 pm

GT you don’t give a care, why pretend you do? You do more injury than good. It is people like you that turn people like me away from social conservatism. I am not fool enough to believe it is not a well thought out act. You might act dumb, but you aren’t. Your goal is to damage conservatism.

I may be the only half $ss conservative left on this this page, but …. be real. Your message will mean more, til then I will point out all your liberal tactics and my goal will be to expose you for the hardcore liberal you are. Until….I am banned.

GrandTango May 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

If I – an anonymous poster on a blog – can turn you from your (should be strongly held) convictions…you’re a pretty weak-minded and confused individual…

Some personal advice: Figure out what you believe…and support it w/ ferocity…

Liberals HATE this country…they have been wrong and F*#ked up this nation at every level…It is because of their convictions…

And these VERY dangerous and corrupt people are aided by gutless, waffling and timid idiots like you – if you are what you think you are…

Grow a backbone you coward @$$hole. And quit blaming me because you lack the resolve to fight for a country that has been so generous to those who so little deserve it, like you….

Now STFU…and get to work…you’ve taken way more than you’ve given already…your debt is LARGE, and growing each time you give comfort and encouragement to our enemies…

SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm

hey – d*ckwad – there is plenty of blame to be passed around. However I don’t pretend to be God. I don’t sit in the judgment seat, however, I will point out hypocrisy for those who are unable to discern who and what you are.

Awww….how sweet, are you saying we have a bank account? Well, according to my records you are horribly in the red and time for you to make a deposit my friend (sarcasm in case you missed it).

Who’s debt is large? My goal is to make peace while you want to rail on everyone who disagree with your beliefs. GT you are pathetic and a pathetic liar. You don’t even believe what you say You say it for one reason – to manipulate. We both know it. All it takes is for you to confess your sins and all will be forgiven.

GrandTango May 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

You judge the H#!! out of me…

So why do you LIE about who, and what, you are…when I BUST you on it…

And you would not know hypocrisy if it bit you on your @$$…So many of you throw around terms you hear your puppet masters use…w/ no ability to correctly use the language…

You’re just not very smart…and you hate me because I have a lot of what so many of you wish you had…

Now I’m not proud of that…it’s just the truth…

SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

I have NEVER lied. I might not have made up my mind about some things, but I have NEVER lied about a damn thing.

Call me out – I’ll answer and I’ll take everyone down with me. Go ahead – dare you!

You familiar with the game called chicken? I promise I will win or die trying.

GrandTango May 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

You seem to to be fighting a personal war…on a website about politics…

I spend way too much time w/ people who are too small-minded to talk ideas and ideals…because it’s so much fun analysing liberals – and the idiots who aid them….(it’s kind of a hobby, I guess)…and it’s VERY rewarding because I’m right so much…

Problem is: some of you will not accept – or don’t have the intellect to recognize – good advice…and that makes me feel like I’m wasting my time…I’m afraid you’re about to go on that list…

SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Put me on any list you like – I won’t allow you to label me. Labels are my choice. You are a paid hack, I am an individual.

I’m sure you are taking up for your employer and I can appreciate that, you might even be your own employer, but no one, NO ONE spends the amount of time on a site unless they are a paid hack.

I used to think differently. Out of innocence or ignorance, call it what you like, but I wanted to connect with people. That is still my goal, but I find people just like you at ever corner.

I will not be deterred, I will not give up, you can spout whatever Sh*t you want, but just like you GT I am a fighter and I don’t like losing. Unlike you, I am not used to losing. Hmmmm…..let us fight til the bitter end and see who wins. May the best man or WOMAN win.

’til then Eff off.

fc May 9, 2015 at 10:22 pm


fc May 9, 2015 at 10:26 pm

I am trying to ‘reply’ to some of the liberals on here and I am getting this…

“The post you are trying to reply to has been removed by a moderator.”

Appears Will has banned me from commenting.Ok.

fc May 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm

Guess I am wrong.Appears ‘SYNTwist’ has had some of her posts removed and why I can’t reply to her.

Oh well.She appears to be threatening YOU and believes you are Will or work for Fits? I don’t believe that.

Have a great Mother’s Day.

SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Haley is doing the best she can given the circumstances. What she did in the past is irrelevant. What she does today, tomorrow – very relevant. I am very proud of her recent actions/statements.

Jackie Chiles May 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm

I don’t get the tax cut / gas tax trade off. It’s nonsensical. If we have the money for a tax cut, then we have the money for the roads. It’s like saying you’re going to get a second job as a pizza deliveryman to pay for a new car, then cutting your hours at your regular job to get the pizza job.

TroubleBaby May 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm

IMO it’s just cover for what is a tax increase.

There is no real sincerity behind a tax cut of any kind in my estimation, it’s just PR spin for the parasites.

Jonny Logic May 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm

It’s actually very simple. The trade off comes from passing the tax burden from the wealthy to the average citizens. By reducing income tax you save the higher income individuals more money, whereas we all pay the same tax for gas. Classic bait, switch, and screw from your friends at the Republican party.

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Scooter May 10, 2015 at 10:29 am

Heck, that is the way a politician thinks. Especially one from South Carolina.

michelle May 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Is she effing mental? Anyway, saw her on the interview with Nora O’donnell and she looked like hell. She looks like she’s aged twenty years.

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm

She just got Volvo!!!!!!….LMAO…

Feel kinda stupid…don’t you????…Hahahaha…if you have that much sense….

ted May 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

They call her Flipper, Flipper… I used to love that show.

staffer May 8, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Well they do both have that bottlenose.

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 9:19 pm

She just got Volvo!!!!!!….LMAO…

Bet you feel kinda stupid…don’t you????…Hahahaha

Former Haley Suporter May 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Haley proves, once again, she is an opportunistic, fraud, lying politician with NO core values!
Just like Hillary and Obama!

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 9:19 pm

She just got Volvo!!!!!!….LMAO…

Feel kinda stupid…don’t you????…Hahahaha

fc May 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm

What GT said….

South Carolina economic development officials have filed a permit application for an unidentified company to build a manufacturing plant in Berkeley County that would initially create 2,000 jobs, potentially doubling to 4,000 within 10 years.

The South Carolina officials did not identify the company in its documents, using only the name “Project Soter.” Soter is the spirit of safety in Greek mythology and Volvo’s cars have a long-standing reputation for safety.

Mark Turner May 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

How do we create a petition and get it out to be signed against this rip off. We’ve made the mistake of not fighting for our rights and letting the politicians take our rights and country away. We’ve made a mistake of thinking parties are different and are for the people. We’re losing the programs meant for the people and being lead to believe the poor are the problem. We’re not alone, as the same thing is happening in the UK. Just sit back and watch what’s left of your children’s future fall to the side. Big business runs your government today, and you let them.

Mark Turner May 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Try to fine anything about this increase on her site or; you want.

WhatNow? May 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

I wonder if Haley will get kicked out of her own Army??


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