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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: The Battery

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

I don't like the train of thought. Just my opinion. Look at New York. Some of the highest gas taxes in the country. And some of the worst roads. TAXES TAXES TAXES...not the answer. Do you really trust the bureaucracy of Columbia and special interest groups to spend your money wisely? This gas tax bill is loaded with pork. The existing gas tax money is NOT being spent on roads. It is crazy for anyone to think raising the tax and trusting government to spend the money on roads is going to happen. Again, my opinion, but also factual in that is what is currently happening. It's ludicrous to think there will be different results this time around.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 10, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

Jshicke and Kevin

While I agree that the money needs to be strictly used for roads, I still believe it needs to be raised. I just recently moved here from out of state and the roads in my previous home are BY FAR better than here. Coincidentally, the gas tax there is 26 cents compared to the 16.75 cents here. SC also has a larger population and is growing at a much much much faster rate than where I came from. SC needs to step it up and I think this is the most logical way to do so.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

Well said Jshicke. A person would need to be crazy to think this money will actually go to where it's meant to be spent. We have an existing gas tax, and the funds are clearly not being spent on roads. So...why would anymore support giving more money to the government? So they can continue to say the money will be used for roads and instead use it elsewhere? Look at the pension scenario that is playing out as well. Clearly the government doesn't know how to spend tax dollars efficiently.

How about use the existing taxes on what it is supposed to be spent on and cut out the pork funding for side projects NOT related to roads.

This is another case of government saying we need to raise taxes for roads, but the money will be spent elsewhere. There's already talk that this gasoline tax is going to have tax credits for college tuition payback. Clearly that has nothing to do with roads.....

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 10, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

The governor raised a great point in his address after vetoing this bill. of the money collected from our current gas tax is not used for roads and much of the money used to maintain roads is spent on roads that have little traffic on them.

Why was a tax increase the only option considered?

$69.5 million was used for the County Transportation Fund.
Another $9.5 million was transferred to the County Transportation Fund as a donor bonus.
$.9 Million goes to the department of Agriculture.
$3.4 million goes to the Natural Resources Watercraft Fund.
$26.6 million goes to the State Transportation Infrastructure bank.
$9 million was deducted by the Department of Revenue for refunds, corrections, tare allowances, school buses, and U.S. government use.

The new proposed tax increase is to generate another $600 million. Will still be spent on the above programs? If so, why?

Sure I want the roads fixed, but I want the money to be used for what it is allocated to be used for, not to fund some pet projects that has nothing to do with roads.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 10, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

jtred98

Since when did students get to choose who speaks at their graduation? I wish I knew who was going to speak at my college graduation before the fact, because I wouldn't have nominated them! Of course, now that I think back to my graduation, I couldn't tell you who spoke at it besides the President of the university. Does anyone remember who spoke at their college/high school graduations? Better yet, does anyone remember what they spoke about? I sure don't, mainly because it wasn't going to change the outcome of my life one bit.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The Agenda: McMaster again vows to veto gas tax; Graham's subcommittee hears from Obama admin. officials

Why Gov. McMaster thinks it is a good idea to veto a gas tax bill is beyond me. I guess he hasn't been out on these roads lately.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “A Harriet Tubman monument will be erected in Beaufort

It's about time we honored this brave, American patriot!!! <3

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Posted by Erin Winslow on May 9, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

SC State is not predominantly "black" because they choose to mingle with others like them. Orangeburg and it's surrounding areas are predominantly "black" (77.1% of population so it correlates) and SC State also provides a lower cost education which appeals to the necessarily thrifty of the area, which is the same reason SC State is not all "black". And anyone who belongs to any club or institution whose charter limits membership based on skin color is complicit in racism and "unworthy" of respect by anyone with an ounce of character.

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Posted by tupper29406 on May 9, 2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

I believe if the majority of the graduates dont want him speaking...they just dont want him speaking..its their graduation.

I mean how disappointing would it be to have someone speak at your college graduation ...& u dont agree witb their ideals...crickets..no matter how many lame jokes they delivered!

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Posted by jtred98 on May 8, 2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

Habitual humorless snarkiness doesn't qualify as comments.

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on May 8, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

Ron Liberte has over 1600 comments on this site. What a loser!

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Posted by Randall Floyd on May 8, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Charleston City Council set to discuss temporary apartment moratorium on James Island

Doesn't Charleston need plenty of new affordable apartments throughout Charleston? I have read claims that some low income workers can't find affordable apartments in Charleston, so they have to commute a huge distance. That is terrible. Especially when rents are rising faster than inflation. If we built lots of affordable apartments, the rents would not be increasing, based on the laws of supply and demand.

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Posted by Tom Martin on May 7, 2017 at 4:17 AM

Re: “Spring-Cannon streets two-way conversion set to begin this summer

I'm glad Cannon and Spring streets have finally gentrified enough to warrant aesthetic and structural improvements.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 6, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Charleston City Council set to discuss temporary apartment moratorium on James Island

Property companies are having trouble filling the current apartment complexes that have popped up on James Island over the last couple years. But they keep developing because they know the bubble is going to burst again in a few years and they want to get on the gravy train while they still can. In doing so, they consistently show dubious regard for storm water management, impact on existing infrastructure and the environment as a whole. That is absolutely greed, and there's plenty of it shared among both the developers and city government.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 6, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

factoryconnection already explained the huge flaw in that "logic."

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 6, 2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Charleston City Council set to discuss temporary apartment moratorium on James Island

The woman holding the sign would be funny if she weren't such a pretentious ass. As a JI resident I too hate the traffic on Folly, especially trying to get to the beach. But to state that the housing going up is because of greed is just moronic. It is first the right of the landowner to pursue his or her best interest with the land. The housing complexes going up also provide jobs and commerce to local businesses. And lastly, the complexes provide some modicum of affordable housing in opposition to the crazy prices of single family homes on the island. While I don't like the traffic and would prefer more single family homes than apartments, I don't bemoan someone making a legal living.

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Posted by Billy Burnett on May 6, 2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

Ron Liberte, I think Drake is pointing out that the students who chose their school because of the predominance of a like race, shouldn't be complaining about someone who chose his club for the same reason, assuming that's why he chose it...

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Posted by Billy Burnett on May 6, 2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

Drake23, you sound like a "why isn't there a White History Month?" kinda person.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 5, 2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

@Drake:
1. Nothing this legislature loves more than overturning vetoes, but you are right that the Gov has drawn his line in the sand.

2. HBCUs are open to all races because other colleges were absolutely closed to blacks when they formed. All-white country clubs represent the exclusionary past of concentrating power where the oppressed are not even allowed access.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 5, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

1) I hope Gov. McMaster doesn't veto the gas tax increase.
2) S.C. State students are objecting to Gov. McMaster because he belongs to an all-white country club. These same students that go to a 95%+ black school. Seems like a bit of a double standard.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 5, 2017 at 1:54 PM
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