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.

Related News Releases

Business Groups Brace for Dem Push to Hike Corporate Taxes
Texas to Increase Self Issue Permitting for OS/OW Loads & Cranes Within Certain Dimensions
UPT2021 Win: Missouri Makes Good On 80K Quad Auto Analysis
_News_Release_TemplateEPA Intends to Review Truck Emissions Regs to Uniform Rules, Add Tighter NOx S
SC&RA Encourages Participation in Jason’s Law Survey Update