After six months of meaningless resolutions, behind-the-scenes negotiations with lobbyists, and lengthy "debates" over bills that don't matter, and early adjournments to attend receptions hosted by multibillion-dollar corporations, lawmakers have finally noticed that the budget contains waste.
When it comes to road repairs, planning mistakes can lead to big taxpayer bills.
Take the Interstate 85 repaving project in the Upstate, for example.
When it comes to Florence County, the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank apparently likes to take a more “hands-on” approach.
Companies that collectively have received more than $47 million from the S.C. Department of Transportation since fiscal 2011 wined and dined DOT commissioners at least 10 times last year – mainly the night before commission meetings, records show.
B.K. Jones says he was clear about the direction the S.C. Department of Transportation should have taken when he became the agency's director in September 1994.
For high-level state Department of Transportation engineers or administrators, it’s apparently not difficult to make career jumps to companies that routinely do business with DOT.
Mike Wooten, the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission’s vice-chairman, freely admits his Myrtle Beach firm routinely has worked with DOT.
Average annual funding for the state Department of Transportation’s highway maintenance program dropped by more than $40 million, or nearly 16 percent, during Gov. Nikki Haley’'s first four years as governor compared to her predecessor's administration, a review by The Nerve found.
Rep. Derham Cole had high praise for Woodrow “Woody” Willard after he and other state legislators who make up the 4th Congressional District delegation elected Willard to the S.C Department of Transportation Commission.
On the evening of Feb. 18, the Outdoor Advertising Association of South Carolina and South Carolina Logos Inc. hosted a reception at Lamar Advertising Co.’s Columbia office on Atlas Road for S.C. Department of Transportation commissioners and their guests, DOT records show.