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Gas-tax-hike law at 3 years: Completed jobs still lag way behind collections

August 13, 2020

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By RICK BRUNDRETT In the first three years of the gas-tax-hike law, the state collected more than $1.3 billion in revenues – enough to pay for almost all of the identified road and bridge projects statewide – yet is sitting on nearly half of the money, newly released records show. As of June 30, the […]

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COVID-19 hasn’t infected massive gas-tax-hike surplus

May 22, 2020

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By RICK BRUNDRETT Despite reduced traffic in South Carolina over the past two months resulting from government-ordered shutdowns, a state surplus under the 2017 gas-tax-hike law continued to grow while most major paving projects went unfinished, newly released records show. Through April 30, the state collected $1.2 billion under the law, which could cover nearly […]

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SCDOT plan for gas-tax-hike money focused on interstates

January 31, 2019

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By RICK BRUNDRETT The state transportation department plans to spend well more than a third of gas-tax-hike revenues on widening and repaving interstates instead of using those funds to repair crumbling community roads and bridges – as promised by lawmakers – according to an agency document obtained by The Nerve. In a PowerPoint presentation to […]

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Big chunk of gas-tax-hike money not going to major road, bridge repairs

January 25, 2019

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road construction ahead

By RICK BRUNDRETT Last June, S.C. Department of Transportation commissioner Robert “Robby” Robbins questioned agency head Christy Hall whether the worst roads in the state were being fixed. “I want a system-wide analysis of which roads are the worst, and I want money to go there first … and I don’t think we are doing […]

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Bill would divert gas-tax-hike money to interstate widening projects

December 20, 2018

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  By RICK BRUNDRETT A proposal by a longtime S.C. senator would siphon millions from a main source of gas-tax-hike revenues that lawmakers promised would go toward fixing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, and instead earmark that money for widening interstates. It also could be a way around what the state transportation chief previously […]

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Huge shortfalls projected in state fund for gas tax credits

October 25, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT After S.C. income taxpayers can no longer claim tax credits to offset a 75-percent gas tax hike, the state transportation agency expects to have $114 million available annually for a new interstate-widening program – and to help fix crumbling bridges. But newly released records reviewed by The Nerve show that over the […]

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First 13 months of gas-tax-hike law: Little spent, roads not fixed

September 27, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT The S.C. Department of Transportation continues to sit on most of the hundreds of millions of dollars collected since the gas-tax-hike law went into effect nearly 15 months ago. Less than $9 million, or 2.7 percent, of the $324.2 million collected between July 1, 2017, and July 31 of this year was […]

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Many S.C. counties left out of gas-tax-hike spending by state

September 12, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT In the first year of a controversial law hiking the state’s gasoline tax and other fees, the S.C. Department of Transportation spent no proceeds in 20 of South Carolina’s 46 counties, newly released records show. Overall, only about $7 million, or 2.2 percent, of $312.6 million in total revenues collected from July […]

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