South Carolina Senate Increases Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure

- According to an April 26 blog post from The State, the South Carolina Senate has passed a 12-cent tax hike on gasoline in hopes of boosting the state’s infrastructure budget.

South Carolina has been debating the gas-tax for three years now, and, when enacted, it will be the first increase in the state’s gas tax in 30 years. The South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) estimated it needs roughly $1 billion a year to fully repair the state’s ailing roads and bridges. The gas-tax increase is hoping to offset that price tag by $800 million.

“Addressing our roads and bridges has been our top priority all year,” said Senate Majority leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield. “The bill is far from perfect but I’m pleased the Senate acted to provide long-term funding.”

In order to prevent a filibuster from some Senate Republicans, the Senate adopted a compromise amendment to appease the right-wing. The compromise included some tax credits and rebates, as well as a change to the structure of the state’s DOT which increases gubernatorial control over the department.  

Governor Henry McMaster, R-Richland, has stated he is against the tax and would veto if possible. The Senate, however, approved the legislation by a vote of 34-10, a veto-proof majority.

Read the full post here.

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