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SC Senate and Gov. McMaster Need To Hear The Words Of Conservative Leaders On Fixing Our Roads
Columbia, SC – Today the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads released a web video advertisement encouraging voters and drivers to contact their State Senators and Governor Henry McMaster, urging them to fix our state’s roads and bridges.
The 1:04 long video ad features the words of President Ronald Reagan from his November 27, 1982 radio address to the nation about fixing the country’s transportation infrastructure. In the address, the President states that raising the gas tax is prudent policy for funding our transportation system.
“The bridges and highways we fail to repair today will have to be rebuilt tomorrow at many times the cost. Good tax policy decrees that wherever possible a fee for a service should be assessed against those who directly benefit from that service. Our highways were built largely with such a user fee—the gasoline tax,” said President Reagan in his radio address.
The video also hearkens back to the late Governor Carroll Campbell’s 1987 signing of the last gas tax increase in South Carolina.
Bill Ross, President and CEO of the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads, said there is still time for South Carolina Senators and Governor McMaster to heed the words of President Reagan and Governor Campbell.
“These two proud, conservative icons recognized the need to invest in our infrastructure and pay for it in a responsible manner. Both knew the cost of doing nothing was higher than a small increase in the gas tax, which would save drivers money in the long-term,” said Ross.
“SC House Members passed a fiscally responsible plan to fix our roads with an overwhelming majority vote. Now is the time for the Senate to act and pass a plan that meets our transportation system’s current and future needs.”
The web video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSYteUqGOKQ, is set to begin today and run statewide.
Transcript of the video ad:
An important message from a great American leader, Ronald Reagan.
America can’t afford throwaway roads or disposable transit systems.
The bridges and highways we fail to repair today will have to be rebuilt tomorrow at many times the cost. (source: President Reagan Radio Address to the Nation. November 27, 1982)
Good tax policy decrees that wherever possible a fee for a service should be assessed against those who directly benefit from that service.
Our highways were built largely with such a user fee—the gasoline tax.
I think it makes sense to follow that principle in restoring them to the condition we all want them to be in.
President Reagan was right in 1982 and Governor Carroll Campbell was right in 1987. Their messages continue to be true today.
Governor McMaster and South Carolina State Senators, it’s time for straight talk. It’s time to invest in us. It’s time to fix our roads.
South Carolina needs to adjust our state’s gas tax to meet our current and future needs.
The cost to the average motorist will be small, but the benefit to our transportation system will be immense.
The South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads is a non-partisan, non-profit, statewide organization made up of business leaders, associations, and chambers of commerce who believe that an efficient and safe highway system is essential to South Carolina’s continued economic growth and prosperity.