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MY LAST NERVE: With Three Days Left in Session, Lawmakers Find Dumb Things in State Budget

May 29, 2015, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

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.

$5 Million Taxpayer Tab for Failed I-85 Repaving Project

May 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

Infrastructure Bank Payments Flow to Leatherman’s County

May 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

When it comes to Florence County, the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank apparently likes to take a more “hands-on” approach.

DOT Commissioners Well-Fed by Firms Doing Big Business with DOT

May 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

Ex-DOT Director Questions Need for Gas Tax Hike

May 18, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

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MY LAST NERVE: With Three Days Left in Session, Lawmakers Find Dumb Things in State Budget

May 29, 2015, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

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.

$5 Million Taxpayer Tab for Failed I-85 Repaving Project

May 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

Infrastructure Bank Payments Flow to Leatherman’s County

May 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

When it comes to Florence County, the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank apparently likes to take a more “hands-on” approach.

DOT Commissioners Well-Fed by Firms Doing Big Business with DOT

May 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

Ex-DOT Director Questions Need for Gas Tax Hike

May 18, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

Top DOT Staffers Jump to Companies Paid by DOT

May 13, 2015, 8:55 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

DOT Commissioner with Business Ties to Agency: ‘It Has to Look Right’

May 12, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Mike Wooten, the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission’s vice-chairman, freely admits his Myrtle Beach firm routinely has worked with DOT.

S.C. Highway Maintenance Funding Drops Over the Years

May 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

DOT Commissioner Has Long Business Ties with DOT

May 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.

DOT Commissioner Hardee Breaks Silence; Denies Conflicts of Interest

April 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

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.