Interesting post from Senator Tom Davis on his Facebook page re: gas tax bill:
Props to @schousespeaker and @garysimrill for amending H 3516 (roads bill) so that it includes some components of SCDOT restructuring; initially, the bill was a straight-up gas-tax increase and could not have served as a vehicle for critical reforms, such as establishing a direct line of accountability to the governor for expenditures; eliminating the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank; and making available for public inspection all SCDOT expenditures, matching federal projects, debt, contracts, and project prioritizations, etc.
Now, with H 3516 having been amended to contain restructuring components, and with the title having been amended to conform, the Senate will have the ability to strike the gas-tax increase in its entirety and introduce substantive amendments that TRULY reform SCDOT. As I’ve repeatedly, the problem isn’t the amount of money we give to SCDOT (which has increased from $1 billion in 2009 to $2.2 billion in the current year), it’s how the SCDOT spends — or rather, misspends — that money. I look forward to the coming debate in the Senate.
I don’t know anything more than this right now, but will keep my eye out.