SC Budget Panel To Assess “Floodmaggedon”

GET READY FOR A MAJOR TAX HIKE, PEOPLE … The S.C. House of Representatives ways and means committee – which takes the first swing at the Palmetto State’s budget each year – will meet on November 5 to begin the process of assessing the costs associated with “Floodmaggedon.” This month’s…


The S.C. House of Representatives ways and means committee – which takes the first swing at the Palmetto State’s budget each year – will meet on November 5 to begin the process of assessing the costs associated with “Floodmaggedon.”

This month’s record rainfall and subsequent flooding did major damage to South Carolina’s infrastructure, and lawmakers are getting together to determine how much it will cost to fix the problems – and how to pay that tab.

Not surprisingly, their first inclination is to raise taxes … and unlike earlier this year they’ve got S.C. governor Nikki Haley on board with that plan (Haley previously opposed a gas tax hike).

Early estimates indicate that the storm did at least $1.5 billion worth of damage to South Carolina’s poorly maintained network of roads and bridges.  Now, should that total – the costly consequence of years of political prioritization  – necessitate a tax hike?


The state has plenty of money to cover these costs.  And even if it didn’t, it has assets it can sell to raise the money.  As well as programs it can cut to meet the need.

Will House budget writers look to any of these options before they decide to stick it to taxpayers?

Don’t be silly …

This “Republican-controlled” South Carolina people, where more money is always the answer to chronic dysfunction.

Government never lets a crisis go to waste, and we fully expect these liberal lawmakers to stick Palmetto State motorists – who already pay a disproportionately high percentage of their low incomes on fuel – with a massive tax hike tab.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography


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Centrist View October 16, 2015 at 8:58 am

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jimlewisowb October 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

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She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of hot cocoa in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes away a tear from his eye.

“What’s the matter, dear?” she whispers as she steps into the room…. “Why are you down here at this time of night!?” The husband looks up from his drink, “It’s the 20th Anniversary of the day we met.” She can’t believe he has remembered and starts to tear up. The husband continues, “Do you remember 20 years ago when we started dating? I was 18 and you were only 15,” he said solemnly. Once again, the wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring and sensitive. “Yes, I do” she replies. The husband pauses……. The words were not coming easily. “Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?” “Yes, I remember” said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him. The husband continued. “Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, Either you marry my daughter or I will make sure you spend the next 20 years in prison?”

“I remember that, too” she replied softly… He sighed as he wiped another tear away from his cheek and said, “I would have gotten out today.”

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Please use lube for my anal October 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

The flood God visited upon SC was the greatest gift the pols in this state could have received.

It’s paved the road for a tax hike they all want anyway-

Get ready good sheeple of SC to be fleeced.

flip October 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

Sorry, socialist tax hikers like me don’t believe in lube! LMAO!!!!!!

CharlieChan October 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

The gas tax hike needed to happen about 10 years ago. Short-sighted “Republicans” only worrying about re-election and not giving a shit about doing the right thing have blocked it for decades. Just like the Charleston shooting, when reality overshadowed politics about the flag, this flood has shined a light on our failing infrastructure and now it’s a “reality” that must be dealt with. Haley changed her mind on the flag because of reality over politics and it looks as if she’s doing the same thing here. I’ve never voted for her, and it’s sad that it takes deaths and tragedy for her to see the right thing to do, but at least she’s willing to admit when she’s wrong and move forward.

Native Ink October 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm

The problem is how the money is shifted to pork barrel projects. Widening lightly traveled highways in Sen. Leatherman’s district isn’t going to do anything to fix the state’s infrastructure needs.

CorruptionInColumbia October 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm


Costco October 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Hugh is gonna smell when he doles out taxpayer’s money to his buddy contractors. ….kiss his feet boys.. Hugh says we need to fully asses the situation in January. …haha bullshit

Squishy123 October 16, 2015 at 8:47 pm

The more shocking news is Leatherman’s dick got hard for the first time since the Nixon Administration thinking about how much concrete he’s going to be able to sell the state.


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