The South Carolina House recently passed a budget with $415 million earmarked for repairing the state’s roadways and bridges in 2017 — an amount South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President Ted Pitts called “better than nothing.”
“The business community will continue to push for a long-term solution,” Pitts said. “South Carolina’s roads and bridges are some of the least safe in the country and are getting worse each day. The General Assembly still has a chance this year, through permanent legislation, to provide a long-term, sustainable solution.”
The chamber maintained the best solution would be $600 million in recurring, sustainable funding for roads.
“We will continue to work with the General Assembly to ensure that we provide recurring revenue for our state’s infrastructure needs as well as address reforms at Department of Transportation and the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank ,” Pitts said. “This one-time budget allocation is not the answer to our state’s roads problem; there is still work to be done.”