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Tom Davis: “Enough” Talk Of Gas Tax Hikes

SENATOR: “WE ALREADY TAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO DO OUR JOB” || By FITSNEWS || One of South Carolina’s few pro-free market legislators is bailing on a “compromise” plan aiming to trade immediate gas tax hikes with the promise of future income tax relief.  Key details of the compromise – exclusively revealed by…

SENATOR: “WE ALREADY TAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO DO OUR JOB”

|| By FITSNEWS || One of South Carolina’s few pro-free market legislators is bailing on a “compromise” plan aiming to trade immediate gas tax hikes with the promise of future income tax relief.  Key details of the compromise – exclusively revealed by FITS last week – have shown the plan’s gas tax increases to be perpetual in nature, and its income tax relief to be far from guaranteed.

In the wake of previous smoke and mirrors proposals and tax swap plans, S.C. Senator Tom Davis has had enough.

“The drumbeat in Columbia for a massive gas-tax increase in S.C. is now deafening; all the major lobbying groups are crying in a single chorus: ‘Higher taxes to fix our roads!’ Enough,” Davis wrote on his Facebook page this week.  “No more talk about increasing gas taxes.  We already take enough money from South Carolinians to do the job; we just lack the political will to spend it wisely.”

According to Davis, annual expenditures for roads and bridges top $1.5 billion – with this year’s budget including $69 million in new recurring dollars on top of a $50 million increase from the previous year.  On top of that, Davis said lawmakers have also already approved an additional “$100 million toward roads and bridges” in supplemental revenue.

“We can continue to increase highway-infrastructure appropriations well into the future, all with existing revenues,” Davis said.  “So instead of spending the last few weeks of the legislative session debating proposals over how and by how much to increase the gas tax, let’s focus on fixing the wasteful and politically driven way we now spend the taxpayers’ money.  Let’s do our job.”

Indeed … lawmakers absolutely need to do that.  And then undertake a massive reprioritizing not only of transportation funding, but all of state government.

Anyway, props to Davis.  He’s echoing statements this website has been making consistently for months.

Now … will S.C. governor Nikki Haley stand firm in her opposition to gas tax hikes?

Um … don’t bet on it.

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36 comments

GrandTango May 12, 2015 at 9:24 am

Textbook Liberalism…FITS and all the media create a crisis…get the dolts singing off the same page…and BAM!!!…MASSIVE NEW TAX…

Finally Tom Davis is acting like a Conservative…not a – “feels good- do it” – Liberal-tarian…

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fc May 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

I got somebody chasing me around using my ‘fc’.

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fc May 12, 2015 at 9:35 am

Stop hijacking my name Boz!!!!

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fc May 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

no u

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GrandTango May 12, 2015 at 9:41 am

They’ve done that to me before…I just ignore them usually.

It’s actually a form of flattery. They only do it to those they fear, because you expose them for the idiots, they are…

When they realize they could never properly emulate me…they quit..

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fc(original) May 12, 2015 at 9:43 am

Thanks.What I figured.

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fc(original) May 12, 2015 at 9:48 am

I’m here, I’m queer and I’m fucking Tango in the ass.

SYNTwist May 12, 2015 at 9:49 am

If I would have only known.

fc May 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

Liberals!
Muslim obama!
LMAO!
LMAO!

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pogo2 May 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

I actually like tax increases but I’m really not a closet liberal!

Let me make up some lies about people I don’t like on here! LMAO!!!

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fc May 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Then I’m gonna make up a bunch of fake accounts to make it look like others agree with me.The dummies here won’t be able to tell I’m faking a registered account.LMAO!!

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fc May 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

Hi everybody this is the real fc. My email and facebook were hacked again. I’m leaving this site for good now. Too much of a headache dealing with these hackers like Rocky and Boz trying the hijack my account.

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fc May 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

Stop hijacking my name Boz or I will play your ‘golden oldies’ off the internet ALL day on Fits. :)

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fc(original) May 12, 2015 at 9:38 am

Not the original ‘fc’.Neither my email or Facebook has been hacked.That was a lie perpetrated by Buz and SYNTwist …my guess to try and damage Fits?

Can’t defeat me in the arena of ideas so carry on Buz and Rocky.

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fc(original) May 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

SYNTwist for president, SYNTwist for president. Buz for 7th district congressman.

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SYNTwist May 12, 2015 at 9:56 am

Can’t run.Drunk by noon.

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kfc May 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

“I’m leaving this site for good now.”

I want to believe…

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Ed May 12, 2015 at 9:36 am

Rumor has it Volvo is building an off-road vehicle, which is why they chose SC. They can just test their new off-road vehicles on same roads we all drive on every day.

I am not sure what Tom Davis is bitching about. Everyone knew this day was coming. It is always cheaper to perform preventative maintenance than it is to ignore a problem until it gets to a total state of disrepair. No one had he political will to do the right thing, the cheaper thing, 20 years ago when everyone saw this problem coming down the pike.

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One Question May 12, 2015 at 9:42 am

Not all of the revenue from the gas tax would go to road funding, and I think he is bitching about all of the other projects the state decides to fund instead. Look through the state budget (scstatehouse.gov)and I’m sure it will piss you off too. But you are right no one had the political will then and no one has it now.

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GrandTango May 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

You’re an ignorant cliche. You just want to get your GREEDY paws on Billions of more taxes, you take from us..

Why make up a story about roads..you lying sack of S#!t…I bet you’re a parasite lobbyist or attorney…who cannot wait to attached your blood-sucking lips to any pot of money that can be stolen…

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pogo2 May 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

GT I am for the ‘gas tax’ IF the state income tax reduction is permanent.
My belief is that EVERYBODY should contribute. A ‘user’ fee is the only way to assure that those that ride the perpetual welfare train pay something.We have already given them free insurance,free food,free phones,subsidized housing and the EIC.29% of those on unemployment benefits have been receiving them for 27 weeks or longer.

Just my opinion.Feel even stronger about it after Jeb basically declared open borders last night in an interview.We need to keep Bush from the nomination.

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GrandTango May 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

I have ABSOLUTELY no belief in any real- or lasting- income tax relief…but 12-cents a gallon will hit EVERYBODY hard in an economy already broken by Obama – who has instituted astronomical energy prices for most of 6.5 years…

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pogo2 May 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

Digging up some new dirt on Buz.Time to make him look like an even bigger fool on Fits.Stay tuned.

GrandTango May 12, 2015 at 10:41 am

Forgive me for my outburst if you are the real pogo..

I accept you at your word…there are just so many manipulating, politically-tied fakes and imposters on this site,…

pogo2 May 12, 2015 at 11:17 am

Yep.Somebody is having fun.Boz did this on the TSN after they banned him for the 3rd or 4th time.Flooded the opinion blog with his Facebook comrades and they attacked the people he disagreed with.

Pogo No Brains May 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Who cares what an Ohioan thinks about our taxes? Mind your own business.

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Jack May 12, 2015 at 10:59 am

Quit bitching. You are on Medicaid. You don’t pay taxes. That means its your GREEDY paws taking tax dollars from us. you idiot.

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FastEddy23 May 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Don’t any of these road/bridge jobs ever go out for bid?

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nitrat May 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

Oh, No!
Say it ain’t so!
A con-servative with teleprompters!!
…giving a speech in front of a taxpayer funded tourist attraction!!

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CNSYD May 12, 2015 at 10:45 am

Did you notice his carpetbag?

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Dan Ruck May 12, 2015 at 10:56 am

I can still walk to the Walmart for food, pay my gas and electric and water bills at the mailbox outside, admire the mountains from my backyard porch, shoot well enough to keep Republicans off my property. I’m set for the rest of my life.

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You Know My Name May 12, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Campaign For Liberty/Talbert Black has published a list of (mostly or all) “Republican” Senators who are pushing a massive tax increase that would increase gas taxes from 16¢ to 28¢ per gallon, double drivers’ license renewals from $25 to $50, and a lot of other nastiness. It names the senators and they include people like Chip Campsen, Ronnie Cromer, Mike Fair, and even our beloved Katria Shealy. Rogue Elephant, are you starting to see her for what she really is, yet?

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RougeElephant May 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

No, still busy putting lipstick on the pig.

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You Know My Name May 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

She is turning out to be quite the statist, big government pig, at that.

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No Surprise May 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

She had ties to Haley, I don’t know why Lexington voters expected any different. Same shears different shearers.

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You Know My Name May 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm

You guys tried to warn us. At the time, getting Jakie out of office was Job-1. I said then that if Katrina started to behave like Nikki, that we should voter her out of office. I belived it is now time to vote her wrinkled, statist, butt out of OUR Senate seat.

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