COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation responded to the governor's three-part transportation plan following her State of the State address Wednesday.
Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley submitted the following response, in support of The Haley Plan:
"Governor Haley's three step plan to make South Carolina roads a priority is a huge win for the State. I applaud the Governor's leadership in studying the state's infrastructure problems and proposing a solution that will not simply be the burden of South Carolina taxpayers. Finally, I ask the General Assembly to work with the Governor and pass her three part plan so we can begin strengthening the state's highways, roads, and bridges. "
Nearly half of the state's primary road system is in poor condition and one-third of SC bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the governor.
South Carolina has the fourth largest state highway system in the nation.
The state will need more than $75 million to maintain its roads in the current condition. In ten years, this amount will rise to be almost $200 million per year, according to the backgrounder.
The following plan was issued by the Haley administration to tackle road issues.
The Haley Plan:
· Promotes economic growth by cutting income taxes at all levels by 30% over the next 10 years.
· Adds ten cents to the state's gas tax over three years, offsetting a portion of the income tax savings with a priority on infrastructure spending.
· Dedicates motor vehicle sales taxes to roads, further diversifying funding streams for transportation.
· Restructures the South Carolina Department of Transportation and refocuses the agency on maintaining the roads we have first in an apolitical way.
The plan will invest $3.5 billion in our roads over 10 years.