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SC Budget Panel To Assess “Floodmaggedon”

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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 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?

No.

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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