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

I drove across NY state from the city to Buffalo last year and stopped in eight different towns. The condition of the highways, roads, signage, and drainage was vastly better than South Carolina's.

I appreciate peoples' skepticism of our state government. As someone who used to live off Clements Ferry and paid 10 years of focused sales-tax increase for the improvement of that road only to see it never happen, I feel you. The State DOT drags its feet like a harbor dredge.

However we are paying the cost of these roadways' poor condition in vehicle repair, gas&time spent in traffic, and the increased cost of goods and services because of impacts on shipping and hauling. The state now has a plan in place to fund road improvements; let's hold our reps' feet to the fire to make sure they follow through.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 11, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

Until then perhaps the lights on Maybank near Folly can be timed to make sense

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Posted by jmm619 on May 11, 2017 at 9:28 AM

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

The above comments are spot-on regarding misallocations, but that is what happens when government can't be properly funded to provide the services it needs to provide: money constantly get reallocated to other areas where it should not be in order to keep trying to patch holes (literally and figuratively).

Hyper-partisan politics have left us with a state and a nation that funds itself like a person trying to use band-aids for a severed limb. It's not a coincidence these issues are more manifest in areas that pride themselves on low taxes. People want all of the benefits of a properly functioning society but don't want to face facts on what it takes to make that a reality.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 11, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

If you haven't read the Cornerstone Speech by the vice president of the Confederacy, you should take a look. He explains his thoughts and reasons on the war, secession, and slavery. You won't be surprised.

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Posted by wolverine on May 11, 2017 at 9:02 AM
Posted by tupper29406 on May 11, 2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

This "out-of-hands" frenzy (Real Estate) has "all" the landowners on James Island,"to put it mildly",dame mad. The people have spoken Mr. Mayor"s".


"STOP"

Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

Well I guess being Governor doesn't mean "Rat Poop".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Human remains discovered in marsh behind The Citadel

Foot Loose & Fancy Free!!!!!!

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM
Posted by njs7227 on May 10, 2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “The Top 10 versions of Gershwin's 'Summertime'

Whitney Houston did a brilliant live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8sKnX9e69E

Posted by Dutchmusicfan1992 on May 10, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

I felt the same way. This particular theater is why I fell in love with Charleston in the first place during military leave and why I decided to relocate after service. Cinebarre is nice but this to me was nicer because of it's nostalgia. I too was wondering it's cost to reopen.

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Posted by Alicia Wright-Philpott on May 10, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “How to wake up a snoring passenger without making things weird, and other lessons from a young, female Uber driver

To all: No one should be discouraged by Enid's lack of appreciation for G rated and probably meaningless after-the-ride compliments...hooking up with an Uber driver (who exhibits any level of hotness) is completely possible and all viable efforts should be explored barring any obvious red flags such as a filthy car, excessive makeup, glitter or the presence of a vaper; but even then consider they don't know your real name or apartment number

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Posted by Nikki 1 on May 10, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Letting Ourselves Down

Isn't anyone sick of drunk dick wagging,(past their prime) losers. Oh yeah they have money, old money is tired and boring. The information age has made just about everything more interesting.

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Posted by Matthew Strom on May 10, 2017 at 3:31 PM

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: “Charleston County leads the state in overburdened bridges and congestion costs

The congestion in Charleston County has many factors. The biggest one is funding (which is being helped by the gas tax) and other big factors include development, bad planning (both now and many years ago), public pushback and the age of this city. Congestion on the downtown peninsula will always remain because of it's age. Bad planning has been a part of this city since the beginning. There is no connectivity between major arterial roads and there is no essence of a grid system in West Ashley, James or Johns Island, or Mt. Pleasant. There are numerous "Y" intersections in this county and those are notorious for causing traffic problems. Then throw in how fast this county has grown and continues to grow; it is outpacing road improvements. On top of all of this, there are many projects in this county that have had a lot of public backlash and continue to sit on the table like the I-526 extension. Add all of this together, along with other influencing factors, and you have the giant traffic jam that is Charleston County today.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 10, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Charleston County leads the state in overburdened bridges and congestion costs

Didn't we just have a a half-cent sales tax increase to fund road projects, mass transit, and the greenbelt program? Passed on 11/8/16.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 10, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

Well said KJ.

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Posted by wolverine on May 10, 2017 at 11:14 AM

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
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