You’ve heard the saying, revenue is not the problem, spending is the problem. Facts from the S.C. Comptroller support that saying, and are evidence we should study issues and vote wisely June 10th. S.C. general fund revenues increased from around $5 billion 2004 to about $7 billion in 2014. During the same period the entire budget, which includes fees and other sources of income, grew from $15 billion to around $26 billion; over one billion average annual growth in state government.
When politicians ask for tax increases, we should ask what Columbia did with the billions in revenue increases for the last 10 years. Why have they not used some to fix roads? Did they spend it on pet projects instead of priorities? Last year the General Assembly set aside $50 million to match federal dollars, reportedly the plan is enough to fix 90 bridges. If $50 million can be leveraged to fix 90 bridges, why did they not set aside a portion of the huge annual increase to fix all our roads and bridges? Had the General Assembly set aside just half of the annual increases, or $500 million, we could have fixed every bridge and then some.
Politicians need to prioritize and fund core government functions before they spend millions on pet projects for powerless politicians who get nothing unless they make deals with the powerful, and swap their vote for a little pork for their district festival or Green Bean Museum, or some other boondoggle.
One final point, a 10 cent gas tax increase reportedly brings in $300 million annually. The DOT says they need five times that annually, so if we are not careful who we elect, huge tax increases may be on the way. Better go vote.
Pickens County Republican Party