Key Vote Alert: SC Chamber Will Score H.3516
March 1, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. –The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today issued the following Key Vote letter to members of the South Carolina House regarding H.3516, a comprehensive infrastructure funding bill. The State Chamber supports passage of this legislation and this vote will be scored on the Chamber’s annual Legislative Scorecard.
S.C. Chamber CEO Ted Pitts said, “No one disputes that the condition of South Carolina’s roads are deplorable. Today’s vote is a key step in providing the investment needed to move us closer to making South Carolina the best place to live, work and do business. It’s time for our policy makers to finish the job on roads and pass H.3516.
Full text of the Key Vote Letter
TO: Members of the South Carolina House
RE: H.3516 – Infrastructure Funding (Support)
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of H.3516, which invests $600 million of annual, long-term, sustainable revenue for our state’s roads and bridges, nearly half of which are rated in “poor” condition. The business community encourages the swift passage of this bill as it provides a diversified revenue stream and includes out-of-state motorists in the solution.
A long term infrastructure solution is a top priority and on the Chamber’s 2017 Competitiveness Agenda. Our state’s crumbling roads and bridges inhibit economic growth: hundreds of load-restricted bridges force trucks to reroute each day, and the SCDOT estimates that SC has lost an estimated $2.6 billion in economic activity due to traffic congestion. For citizens, fixing our roads is a matter of safety: nearly 1,000 fatalities occurred on South Carolina roads in 2016 alone.
Please note that the vote on H.3516 will be considered for the Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Scorecard.