Lexington County just defeated a penny sales tax for roads and other stuff by more than 2-to-1, some in Richland County are still fuming over their penny sales tax for roads and other stuff, and here comes Rep. Gary Simrill, R-York, wanting to give control of half of South Carolina’s roads to the counties in exchange for a sales tax increase. Unbelievable.
Just how stupid does he think we are? There is no free lunch.
South Carolina needs $40 billion to $70 billion for road improvements, while we enjoy one of America’s lowest gas taxes, and gas is what runs the vehicles that need the improved roads. Unbelievable.
Increasing the sales tax would just allow more special-interest stuff, and doing nothing is just kicking the can down the road that needs improving. Unbelievable.
Nobody wants to increase taxes, but if additional revenue is needed, the gas tax puts the burden squarely on the drivers using the roads. If South Carolina drivers want better roads, then let drivers pay for our roads — including those who visit our state, drive on our roads and buy gas right here in South Carolina.
If Gov. Nikki Haley wants to veto the funding for improving South Carolina’s roads, I can’t stop her, but it takes no courage to kick the can down the road, and it does take good roads to bring good-paying jobs.