Legislative session ends with 100 percent approval of Charleston Metro Chamber priorities

At the end of the 2015-16 legislative session, which happened at 5 p.m. on June 2, all of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's legislative priorities were successful.


Gov. Nikki Haley  

At the end of the 2015-16 legislative session, which happened at 5 p.m. on June 2, all of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's legislative priorities were successful.

"Last week, the roads bill dealing with South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) restructuring and giving SCDOT an additional $200 million in recurring revenue that will be bonded by the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) was signed into law by Gov. (Nikki) Haley," chamber officials stated. "Over the next 10 years this legislation, combined with the current funding for SCDOT, will result in a total $4.2 billion for infrastructure improvements throughout the state. Though not a long-term funding plan, this is a huge shot in the arm for our crumbling infrastructure and gives the legislature time to develop a long-term revenue stream for SCDOT."

Chamber officials also lauded the legislature's approval of $16 million in state funding for the Aeronautical Training Center at Trident Technical College.

"On July 1 Trident Tech will have all of the funding available to begin construction of the facility," chamber officials noted.

Chamber officials also pointed out a State Delegation Appreciation Event is set for July 28.

"This is a perfect opportunity to thank our delegation for all of their hard work addressing the priorities of our region," the chamber stated.

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