House of Representatives Passes H. 3579

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After seven months of study by the House’s ad hoc Transportation Infrastructure Committee, seven hours of continuous debate in House Chambers on Wednesday, and three decades of inaction on SC roads, the House of Representatives have taken a big step in the right direction.

With a vote of 87 – 20, your representatives passed House Bill 3579 in second reading.

In a statement released just moments after the vote, Speaker Jay Lucas said, “One of the single greatest hurdles threatening job creation and economic growth in South Carolina is the deteriorating condition of our infrastructure.”

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Tell Your Senator You Support Fixing SC Roads

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The General Assembly will return on Tuesday, April 14 after taking time off for Easter break, and upon their return it is expected they will vote on putting S 523 (SC Collective Road Act) for Special Order THIS Tuesday.

The proposed bill would increase revenues by $800 million for SC infrastructure. It is imperative that we use all resources available to initiate contact with our State Senators to insure they know we appreciate the difficult decisions that must be made for increased highway funding.

In an attempt to derail an infrastructure funding bill, opposition continues to mislead South Carolinians with propaganda opposing an increase to the motor fuel user fee. NOW is the time to counteract this opposition by mobilizing our coalition to contact OUR representatives and show them we SUPPORT S 523.

Please contact your Senator before the Special Order vote on Tuesday, April 14 and tell them:

  1. We support putting S.523 on Special Order.
  2. We support road funding THIS year.

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Bad Drivers + Bad Roads = Bad Rep For South Carolina

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South Carolina drivers beware. One YouTube star is shining the spotlight on bad drivers in the Palmetto State to prove that traveling on our roads is a dangerous endeavor.

You may have seen a few of these videos before. YouTuber HaloMasterMind117 has been documenting his commutes for three years, and recently compiled his favorite clips into this 20 minute video:

Warning: This recording contains some foul language.

Some of his shorter videos and compilations include a great number of car crashes in busy interactions and major thoroughfares.

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The State of South Carolina’s Roads Is Still Crumbling

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For months we’ve been urging lawmakers to take action on South Carolina’s roads. South Carolina drivers are demanding a plan to fund the much needed repairs, and demanding a hearing to move these plans forward.

As we wait to see progress in the Statehouse, roads in the Palmetto State continue to cost us time, money and a whole lot of stress.

Check out this pothole that was spotted on Prentice Avenue in Columbia.

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Politics Won’t Fill Potholes, But It Will Cost Drivers More Every Day

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The South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads says the House of Representatives is stuck in a traffic jam because of political gamesmanship

Columbia, SC – Despite the Winthrop University poll showing voters in South Carolina overwhelmingly support decisive action to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure, the House of Representatives has yet to schedule a hearing to consider any plan.

The House appointed a special committee to study the issue over the summer, and that Infrastructure Committee made its recommendation.

But now, the House seems to be stuck in neutral, and many say it’s because state leaders are playing political games and insisting on backroom negotiations, rather than holding open committee meetings and allowing the legislative process to play out transparently.Read More

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National Report Highlights Horrible SC Roads

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Washington, DC based research group TRIP has some sad news to share with South Carolina.

Crumbling roads are costing drivers about $3 billion annually due extra operation costs, lost time and wasted fuel from traffic congestion and crashes.

“The report was released during the first week of the 2015 legislative session as the General Assembly and governor are working to find a solution to the added $1.5 billion a year the Transportation Department estimates it needs to repair and expand the state’s deficient roads and bridges,” The State Newspaper reported.

Columbia is estimated to have the highest cost for residents at $1,250 a year per driver, followed by the Upstate which averaged $1,248 annually.

Charleston residents faced an average $1,168 in the costs.
It’s no surprise this story has captured the media, because this issue touches every corner of South Carolina.

Read more from these articles about Thursday’s press conferences:

The State Newspaper, Columbia
http://www.thestate.com/2015/01/15/3930072_report-sc-roads-cost-residents.html?rh=1

The Sun News, Myrtle Beach
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2015/01/15/4730035_dot-commissioners-and-businesses.html?sp=/99/209/&rh=1

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Roads Are Hot Topic for Drivers, Lawmakers

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Since the 2014 Election, voters have pressured South Carolina lawmakers to take action on SC roads.

Disappointed by years of neglect and politics, South Carolina drivers have had enough of the shameful interstates and dangerous highways. So what are we going to do about it?

Turn up the heat!

Roads and infrastructure have been heavy in the news in the weeks leading up to the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. Let’s take a look at the recent coverage:

January 12 – Gov. Haley’s budget offers little new money for SC roads, emphasizes education

January 9 – SC House Roads Plan Would Cut Gas Tax, Add Sales Tax

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9 Everyday Things We Spend More on Than Roads

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In South Carolina, we pay a motor user fee of 16 cents per gallon of gas.

That may seem like a lot but consider this: This fee has been stagnant since 1987.

That’s 27 years!

Back then gas cost an average of 90 cents per gallon. Today, its over $3.

Let’s break these numbers down. Combining state and federal taxes, the average South Carolina family pays about $40.97 each month to help maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

That’s just not a lot when you look at some of the things we spend our hard earned dollars on. Especially when we KNOW it’s all falling apart.

So, let’s take a look at some things that just have to be more important than the roads you drive on each day.

1. COFFEE

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A cup of Starbucks coffee cost an average of $3.25. If you visit the coffee shop before work every day, that’s $65 a month and $780 a year.

2. ELECTRICITY

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Americans spend an average of $159 for electricity and natural gas. That’s nearly 3.5 times as much as we spend on roads.

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SC Citizens Create Road Map of Shame, Take the Election “Fix Our Roads” Pledge

Contact: Bill Ross, Executive Director – SCFOR
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Columbia, SC – First, the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads (SCFOR) played fill in the blank with citizens and the response was overwhelming. South Carolina roads are:

“Dangerous,” “Embarrassing,” or “Like a Third World Country”

The list went on with thousands of responses as South Carolinians voiced their concerns about the worsening state of our roads and bridges. In response, elected officials across the state have pledged to make fixing roads their first priority in the next legislative session.

With election season in full swing, SCFOR is announcing the launch of a fully interactive map of South Carolina on www.fixscroads.com, where our state’s drivers can submit photos, videos and other information via social media with the hashtag #scroads. Messages will be uploaded to the map in real time.

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SC House Takes Step to Solve SC Road Problems

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Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives Jay Lucas just announced a Special Infrastructure and Management Committee to focus on road funding and reform to the operations of the SC Department of Transportation.

This is a great first step, and we applaud Speaker Lucas for taking this action, but we know serious decisions will need to be made by this committee real soon. We look forward to seeing the solutions this committee proposes.

The details of what Speaker Lucas and Chairman White wish to accomplish is in this release from the Office of the Speaker of the House:

Improving Our State’s Infrastructure: Road Funding & DOT Reform

Speaker Pro Tempore Lucas and Chairman White appoint Special Infrastructure & Management Committee to address both road funding & agency operations

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