South Carolina Senate Delays Road Funding Debate

February 3, 2016

WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina, reports the state's roads bill that has been making its way through the South Carolina legislature has been delayed while senators question several state agencies. The House passed a road funding bill earlier and sent it to the Senate tagged as a top priority for the General Assembly.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman told the Finance Committee on Tuesday he wants to bring in the Department of Transportation and the state Infrastructure Bank to tell the panel what they do. Critics say the Infrastructure Bank, which helps finance large road projects through loans, has too much power in too few hands.

This new delay will push the Senate debate on how to raise more money for roads and reform the DOT board back to at least February 16 - a week before the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina. Bill Ross of the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads estimates the cost of inaction amounts to $1,250 a year for each resident of the state, based on TRIP data.

Source: WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC; SCFOR