Greenville County Chamber of Commerce Supports Gas Tax Hike To Fix Roads

Greenville Chamber of Commerce is throwing it’s support behind a measure backed by Governor Haley that would raise revenue needed to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads.

Governor Haley has said she supports raising the gas tax as long as there are cuts in the state income tax. The Greenville Chamber supports that proposal because it comes from a direct funding source and has no bearing on the state budget.

“We have this unique geographic advantage right now, that we’re really at risk of losing in the long term if we don’t invest in our infrastructure,” said Chamber Vice President Jason Zacker

Zacker said if left unfixed, the condition of the state’s roads would have a negative effect on the upstate and the business community.

The legislature is now looking at a number of road funding measures.

Since 2013, the DOT paid out more than $1.4 million to drivers whose cars were damaged because of the roads.

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