Some SC Lawmakers Disappointed With Governor’s Plans for Roads, - WSPA.com

Some SC Lawmakers Disappointed With Governor’s Plans for Roads, Schools

Posted: Updated:
Gov. Nikki Haley gave her 2014 State of the State address Wednesday night. Gov. Nikki Haley gave her 2014 State of the State address Wednesday night.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - When Gov. Nikki Haley gave her fourth State of the State address Wednesday night, she asked lawmakers to support her plans to improve state roads and schools without a tax increase. But now some lawmakers, even from own party, say the plans aren’t realistic because the funding is too uncertain.

To improve roads, the governor wants to use the “new” money that shows up in most years. The Board of Economic Advisors estimates how much they think the state will collect in taxes and lawmakers write the state budget based on that figure. But that number then gets updated in May, toward the end of the budget process, and in most years there’s more money available than first expected.

Gov. Haley wants that additional money to go toward fixing roads. "According to the Department of Transportation, those dollars invested in the right way will be worth more than $1.3 billion in additional road and bridge improvements. That is prioritizing," she told lawmakers.

But Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, says, “If we're going to try to fund roads on monies that we may or may not have, then it's not a priority.”

He says there needs to be a certain, stable source of funds for roads.

She would also use new money from growth in the state to pay for her plan to improve schools. She wants to send about $100 million to the state’s high-poverty school districts, and spend about another $60 million on reading coaches in elementary schools and new technology in all schools.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, says the funding for the governor’s transportation and education plans is too vague.

"Most of what she talked about requires budgetary moves and she didn't tell us how to do that or where to take the money from, and that's where the guts is. I mean, that's where the rubber meets the road. And if we can't figure that out on our own, her initiatives may not pass," he says.

Her plans are getting support, though, from other Republican leaders. Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, said after the speech, "It'll be my job to take that wish list and turn it into the Senate's to-do list."

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • SWAT Called To Home After Man Locks Himself Inside With A Gun

    SWAT Called To Home After Man Locks Himself Inside With A Gun

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:04 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:04:32 GMT
    Greenville County Sheriff's Office SWAT responded to a domestic disturbance call on Stallings Road Monday night. 
    Greenville County Sheriff's Office SWAT responded to a domestic disturbance call on Stallings Road Monday night. 
  • Laboring On Labor Day: Tradition and Economic Opportunity

    Laboring On Labor Day: Tradition and Economic Opportunity

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:15:21 GMT
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
  • Woman Charged With DUI After 2 Children Die In Boating Accident

    Woman Charged With DUI After 2 Children Die In Boating Accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:08:30 GMT
    Dawn Thompson, 53, of EasleyDawn Thompson, 53, of Easley
    Dawn Thompson, 53, of Easley is charged with two counts of felony DUI  after a five-month old baby and a nine-year old child died after a boat capsized on Lake Hartwell Sunday in the Townville area.

    Dawn Thompson, 53, of Easley is charged with two counts of felony DUI  after a five-month old baby and a nine-year old child died after a boat capsized on Lake Hartwell Sunday in the Townville area.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.