South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley wants the state’s DOT to control itself.
A few weeks ago, the agency announced it was behind in paying its bills. In fact, some road contractors still had not received compensation for their work despite a $52 million emergency cash infusion from the federal government.
A 16-member committee was formed by the Transportation Commission to find ways out of the financial crisis, and one solution was to raise the state’s 16-cent gasoline tax, which has been stagnant since 1987. Haley immediately dismissed the solution, and said the S.C. DOT needed to improve its operations.
“I’m not looking at a gas-tax increase right now,” said Haley. “What I am looking at is management of the DOT and what they are doing on the inside to fix their own problems before they look at any more revenue.”
Haley took it a step further by calling for the elimination of the Transportation Commission, a seven-member outfit selected by state legislators.
“I personally think the board needs to go,” she said.