Chambers unhappy with state lawmakers
Source: Greenville Online
June 5, 2015
South Carolina chambers of commerce say they’re not happy that state lawmakers are heading home for the year without having found a solution to the problem of crumbling roads.
The business community is “extremely disappointed” by the inaction on “the No. 1 issue facing the state,” the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce said in a statement following adjournment of the General Assembly at 5 p.m. Thursday.
“The business community is getting a clear picture on which legislators we can count on to address issues facing our state’s competitiveness and the safety of our citizens,” Ted Pitts, president of the state chamber, said in the statement.
Jason Zacher, executive director of the Upstate Chamber Coalition, a group of 13 chambers that lobby together, said the members of his organization feel the same.
“Almost to a person, the House and the Senate said this was their top priority of the year,” Zacher said. “For it to come and go at the end with no resolution is a failure of leadership.”
Zacher said the Upstate Chamber Coalition, whose members include the Greenville Chamber, would continue working to raise public interest in the issue “and make sure (voters) understand what was not done this year.”
Lawmakers return to the Statehouse June 16 to take up budget bills as well as bills that were being negotiated in conference committees as of Thursday. Any other proposals will have to wait until January.
All 170 members of the Legislature are up for re-election in 2016.