SENATOR ALSO CALLS FOR “LONG-TERM FIX” TO INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUE
|| By FITSNEWS || Blasting the “failures of the past,” S.C. Senator Katrina Shealy said state leaders should apply “every penny” of newly certified surplus revenues to fixing roads and bridges around the Palmetto State.
“Every penny of that new money needs to go to roads – and specifically to maintenance,” Shealy told FITS. “Then we’ve got to get together on a long-term fix.”
Shealy is one of several Senators who previously embraced a gas tax/ income tax swap – although in her defense that was prior to the certification of the new revenue. Also, Shealy has been an outspoken proponent of eliminating the state’s income tax – not just cutting it.
“It’s a miracle we’ve even gotten that into the discussion,” she told FITS.
State leaders have known about the surplus funds for the past three weeks, but refused to certify the new money until Friday – hoping to ram a gas tax hike through the chamber.
This website has consistently opposed raising the gas tax under any circumstances – arguing that there is more than enough revenue available to perform this core function in the state’s $25.7 billion (and growing) budget.