Senate Majority Leader Says He’s Lost Patience on Roads Bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A month into the legislative session state senators are no closer to finding a way to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads but they spent hours arguing over their inability to officially debate the issue.
Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler criticized his colleagues Thursday for “dilly-dallying” on the public’s top priority. The Gaffney Republican says it’s time for senators to debate a bill on the chamber floor and he’s lost his patience.
That prompted a debate on what’s blocking progress.
Peeler says whatever the Senate passes must provide revenue, relief, and reform.
That’s because Gov. Nikki Haley has pledged to veto any legislation that increases gas taxes without cutting income taxes and restructuring the Department of Transportation.
Democrats argue it’s folly to link the three issues in one bill.