Will a Tax Hike Fix Your Roads?

The South Carolina General Assembly is currently considering raising the tax on gasoline, as well as a host of other taxes and fees, supposedly to pay for road maintenance. If the measure becomes law, you’ll be sending  more money to Columbia – a lot more.

But will it result in better roads? Unfortunately, the answer is No. South Carolina’s transportation agencies don’t have a revenue problem. They have a structural problem – meaning they’re controlled by people you, the taxpayer, can’t hold accountable. Power over road funding lies almost completely in the legislature: When it comes to the question of which roads get funded, in other words, nearly every important decision-maker is either a lawmaker or a legislative appointee.

That’s why South Carolinians have begun asking their lawmakers a simple and fair question: If this tax and fee increase becomes law, can you assure us that our roads will be fixed? The answers we’ve seen have ranged from “Maybe at some point” to “I’m not sure.”

We’d like to know how lawmakers answer, so we’ve created a simple way for you, their constituents, to ask them. Find your lawmaker below, click to email him or her, and be sure to mention which roads you’d like to see repaired. (We’ve included the governor, too, since, although she has only limited influence over the funding of roads, she does have some – and she does support a gas tax increase, albeit as part of a “swap.”)

Forward any answers to us (info@scpolicycouncil.org), and we’ll post them at TheNerve.org. If you have any questions, call Emily Gould at (803) 779-5022, ext. 116, or e-mail her at emily@scpolicycouncil.org.

From all of us at the South Carolina Policy Council, thank you.

STATEWIDE

Title Name Has she responded to a constituent? Details
YES NO
Governor  Nikki Haley X Click to e-mail Governor Haley

SENATE

County Senate Representative Has he/she responded to a constituent? Details
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Abbeville 4 William O’Dell X Click to e-mail Senator O’Dell
Aiken 24 Tom Young X Click to e-mail Senator Young
Anderson 3 Kevin Bryant  X Click to e-mail Senator Bryant
Beaufort 46 Tom Davis  X Click to e-mail Senator Davis
Berkeley 37 Larry Grooms  X Click to e-mail Senator Grooms
Berkeley 44 Paul Campbell  X Click to e-mail Senator Campbell
Charleston 43 Chip Campsen  X Click to e-mail Senator Campsen
Charleston 41 Paul Thurmond  X Click to e-mail Senator Thurmond
Charleston 42 Marlon Kimpson  X Click to e-mail Senator Kimpson
Cherokee 14 Harvey Peeler  X Click to e-mail Senator Peeler
Clarendon 36 Kevin Johnson  X Click to e-mail Senator Johnson
Darlington 29 Gerald Malloy  X Click to e-mail Senator Malloy
Dorchester 38 Sean Bennett  X Click to e-mail Senator Bennett
Edgefield 25 Shane Massey  X Click to e-mail Senator Massey
Fairfield 17 Creighton Coleman   X Click to e-mail Senator Coleman
Florence 31 Hugh Leatherman  X Click to e-mail Senator Leatherman
Georgetown 34 Raymond Cleary  X Click to e-mail Senator Cleary
Greenville 7 Karl Allen  X Click to e-mail Senator Allen
Greenville 6 Michael Fair   X Click to e-mail Senator Fair
Greenville 8 Ross Turner  X Click to e-mail Senator Turner
Greenville 5 Tom Corbin X Click to e-mail Senator Corbin
Greenwood 10 Floyd Nicholson X Click to e-mail Senator Nicholson
Horry 28 Greg Hembree X Click to e-mail Senator Hembree
Horry 33 Luke Rankin X Click to e-mail Senator Rankin
Jasper 45 Clementa Pinckney X Click to e-mail Senator Pinckney
Kershaw 27 Vincent Sheheen X Click to e-mail Senator Sheheen
Lancaster 16 Chauncey K. Gregory X Click to e-mail Senator Gregory
Laurens 9 Danny Verdin  X Click to e-mail Senator Verdin
Lexington 23 Katrina Shealy  X Click to e-mail Senator Shealy
Lexington 26 Nikki Setzler X Click to e-mail Senator Setzler
Marion 30 Kent Williams X Click to e-mail Senator Williams
Newberry 18 Ronnie Cromer X Click to e-mail Senator Cromer
Oconee 1 Thomas Alexander X Click to e-mail Senator Alexander
Orangeburg 40 Bradley Hutto X Click to e-mail Senator Hutto
Orangeburg 39 John Matthews X Click to e-mail Senator Matthews
Pickens 2 Larry Martin X Click to e-mail Senator Martin
Richland 21 Darrell Jackson X Click to e-mail Senator Jackson
Richland 22 Joel Lourie X Click to e-mail Senator Lourie
Richland 20 John Courson X Click to e-mail Senator Courson
Richland 19 John Scott X Click to e-mail Senator Scott
Spartanburg 11 Glenn Reese X Click to e-mail Senator Reese
Spartanburg 12 Lee Bright X Click to e-mail Senator Bright
Spartanburg 13 Shane Martin X Click to e-mail Senator Martin
Sumter 35 Thomas McElveen  X Click to e-mail Senator McElveen
Williamsburg 32 Ronnie Sabb X Click to e-mail Senator Sabb
York 15 Wes Hayes X Click to e-mail Senator Hayes

HOUSE

County House Representative Has he/she responded to a constituent? Details
YES NO
Abbeville 11 Craig Gagnon X Click to e-mail Representative Gagnon
Aiken 82 Bill Clyburn X Click to e-mail Representative Clyburn
Aiken 83 Bill Hixon X Click to e-mail Representative Hixon
Aiken 86 Bill Taylor  X Click to e-mail Representative Taylor
Aiken 81 Don Wells  X Click to e-mail Representative Wells
Aiken 84 Chris Corley X Click to e-mail Representative Corley
Anderson 9 Anne Thayer  X Click to e-mail Representative Thayer
Anderson 6 Brian White X Click to e-mail Representative White
Anderson 8 Jonathon Hill X Click to e-mail Representative Hill
Anderson 10 Joshua Putnam X Click to e-mail Representative Putnam
Anderson 7 Mike Gambrell X Click to e-mail Representative Gambrell
Bamberg 90 Justin Bamberg X Click to e-mail Representative Bamberg
Barnwell 91 Lonnie Hosey X Click to e-mail Representative Hosey
Beaufort 123 Jeff Bradley X Click to e-mail Representative Bradley
Beaufort 118 Bill Herbkersman X Click to e-mail Representative Herbkersman
Beaufort 124 Shannon Erickson X Click to e-mail Representative Erickson
Beaufort 120 Weston Newton  X Click to e-mail Representative Newton
Berkeley 100 Edward Southard X Click to e-mail Representative Southard
Berkeley 99 James Merrill X Click to e-mail Representative Merrill
Berkeley 92 Joseph Daning X Click to e-mail Representative Daning
Berkeley 102 Joseph Jefferson X Click to e-mail Representative Jefferson
Berkeley 15 Samuel Rivers X Click to e-mail Representative Rivers
Calhoun 93 Russell Ott X Click to e-mail Representative Ott
Charleston 117 Bill Crosby X Click to e-mail Representative Crosby
Charleston 114 Mary Tinkler X Click to e-mail Representative Tinkler
Charleston 110 Chip Limehouse X Click to e-mail Representative Limehouse
Charleston 109 David Mack X Click to e-mail Representative Mack
Charleston 119 Leon Stavrinakis X Click to e-mail Representative Stavrinakis
Charleston 112 Mike Sottile X Click to e-mail Representative Sottile
Charleston 115 Peter McCoy X Click to e-mail Representative McCoy
Charleston 116 Robert Brown X Click to e-mail Representative Brown
Charleston 113 Seth Whipper X Click to e-mail Representative Whipper
Charleston 111 Wendell Gilliard X Click to e-mail Representative Gilliard
Cherokee 29 Dennis Moss  X Click to e-mail Representative Moss
Cherokee 30 Steve Moss X Click to e-mail Representative Moss
Chester 43 Greg Delleney X Click to e-mail Representative Delleney
Chesterfield 53 Richard Yow X Click to e-mail Representative Yow
Clarendon 64 Robert Ridgeway X Click to e-mail Representative Ridgeway
Colleton 121 Kenneth Hodges X Click to e-mail Representative Hodges
Darlington 65 Jay Lucas X Click to e-mail Speaker Lucas
Darlington 62 Robert Williams X Click to e-mail Representative Williams
Dillon 55 Jackie Hayes X Click to e-mail Representative Hayes
Dorchester 98 Chris Murphy X Click to e-mail Representative Murphy
Dorchester 94 Jenny Anderson Horne X Click to e-mail Representative Horne
Dorchester 97 Patsy Knight X Click to e-mail Representative Knight
Fairfield 41 Mary Gail Douglas X Click to e-mail Representative Douglas
Florence 63 William “Jay” Jordan X Click to email Representative Jordan
Florence 61 Roger Kirby X Click to e-mail Representative Kirby
Florence 60 Phillip Lowe X Click to e-mail Representative Lowe
Florence 59 Terry Alexander X Click to e-mail Representative Alexander
Georgetown 103 Carl Anderson X Click to e-mail Representative Anderson
Georgetown 108 Stephen Goldfinch X Click to e-mail Representative Goldfinch
Greenville 24 Bruce Bannister X Click to e-mail Representative Bannister
Greenville 23 Chandra Dillard X Click to e-mail Representative Dillard
Greenville 20 Dan Hamilton X Click to e-mail Representative Hamilton
Greenville 19 Dwight Loftis X Click to e-mail Representative Loftis
Greenville 28 Eric Bedingfield X Click to e-mail Representative Bedingfield
Greenville 27 Garry Smith  X Click to e-mail Representative Smith
Greenville 25 Leola Robinson-Simpson  X Click to e-mail Representative Robinson-Simpson
Greenville 16 Mark Willis  X Click to e-mail Representative Willis
Greenville 17 Mike Burns  X Click to e-mail Representative Burns
Greenville 21 Phyllis Henderson X Click to e-mail Representative Henderson
Greenville 18 Tommy Stringer X Click to e-mail Representative Stringer
Greenville 22 Wendy Nanney X Click to e-mail Representative Nanney
Greenwood 12 Anne Parks X Click to e-mail Representative Parks
Greenwood 13 R. Shannon Riley X Click to e-mail Representative Riley
Hampton 122 Bill Bowers X Click to e-mail Representative Bowers
Horry 107 Alan Clemmons X Click to e-mail Representative Clemmons
Horry 68 Heather Ammons Crawford  X Click to e-mail Representative Crawford
Horry 105 Kevin Hardee X Click to e-mail Representative Hardee
Horry 58 Jeff Johnson X Click to e-mail Representative Johnson
Horry 56 Mike Ryhal  X Click to e-mail Representative Ryhal
Horry 106 Nelson Hardwick X Click to e-mail Representative Hardwick
Horry 104 Tracy Edge X Click to e-mail Representative Edge
Kershaw 52 Laurie Slade Funderburk X Click to e-mail Representative Funderburk
Lancaster 45 Deborah Long  X Click to e-mail Representative Long
Lancaster 44 Mandy Powers Norrell X Click to e-mail Representative Norrell
Laurens 14 Mike Pitts X Click to e-mail Representative Pitts
Lee 50 Grady Brown X Click to e-mail Representative Brown
Lexington 85 Chip Huggins  X Click to e-mail Representative Huggins
Lexington 89 Kenny Bingham   Click to e-mail Representative Bingham
Lexington 96 Kit Spires X Click to e-mail Representative Spires
Lexington 88 Mac Toole  X Click to e-mail Representative Toole
Lexington 39 Ralph Kennedy X Click to e-mail Representative Kennedy
Lexington 69 Rick Quinn X Click to e-mail Representative Quinn
Lexington 87 Todd Atwater X Click to e-mail Representative Atwater
Marion 57 Wayne George X Click to e-mail Representative George
Marlboro 54 Patricia Henegan X Click to e-mail Representative Henegan
Newberry 40 Walton McLeod X Click to e-mail Representative McLeod
Oconee 2 Bill Sandifer  X Click to e-mail Representative Sandifer
Oconee 1 Bill Whitmire X Click to e-mail Representative Whitmire
Orangeburg 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter X Click to e-mail Representative Cobb-Hunter
Orangeburg 95 Jerry Govan X Click to e-mail Representative Govan
Pickens 3 Gary Clary X Click to e-mail Representative Clary
Pickens 4 David Hiott X Click to e-mail Representative Hiott
Pickens 5 Neal Collins X Click to e-mail Representative Collins
Richland 78 Beth Bernstein X Click to e-mail Representative Bernstein
Richland 73 Chris Hart X <Click to e-mail Representative Hart
Richland 72 James Smith X Click to e-mail Representative Smith
Richland 80 Jimmy Bales X Click to e-mail Representative Bales
Richland 77 Joe McEachern X Click to e-mail Representative McEachern
Richland 70 Joe Neal X Click to e-mail Representative Neal
Richland 75 Kirkman Finlay Click to e-mail Representative Finlay
Richland 76 Leon Howard X Click to e-mail Representative Howard
Richland 79 Mia McLeod X Click to e-mail Representative McLeod
Richland 71 Nathan Ballentine  X Click to e-mail Representative Ballentine
Richland 74 Todd Rutherford X Click to e-mail Representative Rutherford
Spartanburg 35 Bill Chumley X Click to e-mail Representative Chumley
Spartanburg 32 Derham Cole X Click to e-mail Representative Cole
Spartanburg 37 Donna Wood X Click to e-mail Representative Wood
Spartanburg 38 Doug Brannon X Click to e-mail Representative Brannon
Spartanburg 33 Eddie Tallon  X Click to e-mail Representative Tallon
Spartanburg 31 Harold Mitchell X Click to e-mail Representative Mitchell
Spartanburg 34 Mike Forrester X Click to e-mail Representative Forrester
Spartanburg 36 Rita Allison  X Click to e-mail Representative Allison
Sumter 51 David Weeks X Click to e-mail Representative Weeks
Sumter 67 Murrell Smith  X Click to e-mail Representative Smith
Union 42 Mike Anthony X Click to e-mail Representative Anthony
Williamsburg 101 Cezar McKnight X Click to e-mail Representative McKnight
York 46 Gary Simrill X Click to e-mail Representative Simrill
York 49 John Richard King X Click to e-mail Representative King
York 48 Ralph Norman X Click to e-mail Representative Norman
York 26 Raye Felder  X Click to e-mail Representative Felder
York 47 Tommy Pope  X Click to e-mail Representative Pope

Thank you so much for all you do.