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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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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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What SCDOT isn’t telling you about gas-tax-hike projects

June 27, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT At last week’s S.C. Department of Transportation Commission meeting, agency head Christy Hall bragged about the “record level of road work underway currently in South Carolina.” “We have delivered results for our taxpayers and for our citizens of this state,” Hall proudly told commissioners Thursday. But as of the end of the […]

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Gas tax hike still not fixing roads, won’t fund bridges until 2024

June 11, 2018

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Layer of broken asphalt road at rural areas.

By RICK BRUNDRETT When S.C. lawmakers passed the gas-tax-hike bill last year, they promised every penny would go toward fixing deteriorating state roads and bridges. Critics, though, said then that filling potholes that riddle South Carolina’s roadways was never the real priority. Instead, they contended, the law as written allows millions of dollars generated primarily […]

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Gas tax hike: Millions collected, but rough roads remain in S.C.

March 21, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT Nearly nine months after the state law took effect hiking the gasoline tax and other taxes and fees – purportedly to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads – the authorized money has yet to be spent, though more than $131 million has been collected. At least that’s what online records from Comptroller General […]

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