SCDOT Commission Approves Act 40 Investment Plan

The SCDOT Commission has approved a ten year plan for using the gradual increase of new revenue from Act 40, the roads bill.  The graphics below show an overview of how the new revenue will be spent, as well as the new targets for improving pavement conditions: *above chart shows funding increases since Act 98…

May 2017: The Latest SCDOT Information

I received an update today regarding the SCDOT’s plan to give everyone access to their actions.  The SCDOT Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall and senior staff are working on implementation plans for the new funding from H.3516, and will provide more information soon.  In the meantime, there is a new feature on the SCDOT website that increases…

May 2017

Most of the emails I have received said they didn’t like a gas tax, but if it was going to happen, please make sure of the following: 1) The money goes to the roads 2) Legislators aren’t able to pick “special projects” When it was apparent to me that a straight gas tax was about…

April 2017

Late Wednesday night, the South Carolina Senate was able to pass a Roads bill that included both a gas tax on the revenue side and some much needed DOT Reform.  I voted in favor of the bill that will generate close to $600 million dollars in sustainable funds after its full implementation. As I struggled…

March 2017 News

Dear Friends: In my last newsletter, I talked about how slow the beginning of session started. Well, that’s over!   I believe we have had a very productive session so far, but in the end, it will still be judged on whether we pass a solid Roads Bill or not. On the Senate calendar now, with…

February 2017

The 2017 Legislative session has not been fast out of the gates. We are in the first year of a two-year session, so we start out with no bills on the calendar, and they can’t get there until we have sub-committee meetings and committee meetings to get them to the floor. On top of that,…

June 2016

Wow! It’s hard to believe how fast the last four years have flown by since I first stepped foot in the South Carolina Senate. As I write this today, it is the fourth anniversary of my runoff win in the Republican Primary. It has been an incredible and rewarding experience, and I am excited about the…

May 2016

Deadlines typically motivate people (or at least me), maybe not until the last possible second, but somehow – you typically get done what needs to be done.  This will be the case at our house this week as we prepare to host about 30 people for Mother’s Day lunch on Sunday.  A lot of my “to do” list will get…

April 2016

In my last update, we were waiting to get a third reading on our “Roads Bill” and the annual green paint  (pollen) was fogging the air in Columbia – we had none in Greenville. Now the dogwoods are well past their peak here and most azaleas are on the back end of their color explosion. I…

March 2016

The first thing I want to do is apologize if you have called or emailed and not received a personal reply back. Rest assured your messages and emails are being read by me and I appreciate your input in the process. I have received well over 1000 correspondences regarding the roads issue. Though the opinions were split…