Tag Archives: John Hardee

Taxpayers on hook for road- and bridge-naming legislation

May 14, 2021


SC Statehouse

BY RICK BRUNDRETT S.C. lawmakers routinely approve naming road sections and bridges for living or deceased persons, including ex-legislators and other former public officials. Not only does it take up a lot of collective time that could be spent working on larger, more pressing issues, but it also comes with a cost to taxpayers – […]

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Road-naming legislation cuts into road repair funds

September 21, 2019


By RICK BRUNDRETT When in session, S.C. lawmakers routinely introduce legislation dedicating an existing road section, bridge or intersection to a living or deceased person – including ex-legislators. Their road- and bridge-naming proposals are made through concurrent resolutions, which unlike general bills, can’t be reviewed by the governor. Since 2017, legislators have approved 57 such […]

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Ex-DOT commissioner Hardee was dealmaker for program that collected state money, funded political campaigns

July 19, 2019


By RICK BRUNDRETT Update: 8/8/2019 – The S.C. Attorney General’s Office in a letter to the State Law Enforcement Division asked SLED to “conclude the preliminary inquiry” of John Hardee so that the office could “review the allegations for any possible state violations,” noting that Hardee’s federal case was “resolved.” The letter did not provide […]

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Gas-tax-hike law could make it harder to hold state lawmakers accountable

June 21, 2019


By RICK BRUNDRETT When it comes to fixing South Carolina’s deteriorating roads and bridges, where residents live could determine how hard their state lawmakers push to get unfinished work done. Since the gas-tax-hike law took effect nearly two years ago, raising the state gas tax 12 cents per gallon over six years and increasing other […]

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Governor not saying whether he will reappoint influential senator’s relative to DOT Commission

February 20, 2018


By RICK BRUNDRETT Update: According to a written plea agreement dated 1/22/19, John Hardee agreed to plead guilty to one federal count of evidence tampering. Neither the count specified in the charging document, known as an “information,” nor the plea agreement provided any details about the alleged crime. The charge carries a maximum sentence of […]

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Controversial DOT commissioner paid by trade group for ‘consulting’ work with public agencies

February 14, 2018


By RICK BRUNDRETT A state transportation commissioner with ties to an advertising company that has a lucrative Department of Transportation contract also is a paid consultant with a lobbying trade group that receives thousands of dollars annually from other public agencies. Public and private entities eligible for public service announcements (PSAs) have paid the Outdoor […]

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Will S.C. governor reappoint powerful senator’s relative to DOT Commission?

February 9, 2018


By RICK BRUNDRETT Time is fast running out for Gov. Henry McMaster to decide whether to reappoint the son-in-law of Sen. Hugh Leatherman – one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers who exerts tremendous control over transportation spending – to the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission. Commissioner John Hardee came under scrutiny in 2015 when […]

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