Mar 15, 2017|
SC Senator Tom Davis, who famously filibustered the gas tax increase last year, recently published an editorial exposing the depths of corruption in funding South Carolina's roads. Tara talks to him about it.
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The cartel strikes again yeah and you look at a lot of this that's as big one point eight billion dollars paying. And they don't want no cracking down on L currency known nobody here to talk to us is you know. Is calm senator Tom Davis but honestly he's one of my heroes because two to filibuster this thing two years and around stand up like that tall he's interest. On Tom it it really takes back burn and them I admire you for for having the guts to to stay and open and do it and I wanna thank you for that welcome to show. I appreciate it Teradata beer awesome now it you know like pep talk okay. Clearly I don't we did anti dusting two years and number two shot it's happening in the senate does the gas tax. I think we do and that's kind of as they say and I bridge review that review the bidding here I'll our first when the the senate in 2000. We stand right around one billion dollars a year on road to break out Carolina. And at that time we've seen steady increases and spending on roads look at then end here it's going to be over 2.2 billion dollars. And spending on roads bridges so over the last eight years. We seen in my 120%. Growth in in what we really spent on roads and bridges not happen yeah. You haven't seen the results that you would expect. As a result of that increase and finding an and the reason but that is expenditure prospects. There are two aid agencies that spend that money we appropriated the legislature but there are 28 that he actually spend them on. And that's that State Department transportation but yet it and the state infrastructure back at fact BR dissent. Up membership on both of those agencies. Is controlled by two lawmakers. Are designed bot ball control back to lawmakers. The speaker of the house and the president in the senate. And the first few years and out in the senate Kara. We had a speaker of the house from Charleston and a president of the senate from Charleston and you saw a plurality or most of the money more than any other area the state. And it Charleston. Well you know now we have a president of the senate from the media region are in sports the speaker of the house not a from the PD. And so that great fire that spending has moved counterclockwise. Had a great and that dumping money into each day until the problem the debt. The money that we're appropriating it for Kris increasing your factory here except to Portugal are your health. But it's not going to the plate this where it needs to go I mean. That money up for instance a hundred million dollars went to five or any. 8882 lane road and port county. That the state newspapers that two people could lie down in the oval road rush hour. Per minute or cart came by. About a million dollars went to widening that road. Well I didn't aren't open yet stay at an embarrassment up there are Britain that road Akron and it injure. So we've got a Third World way up spending the taxpayers' money and rather than simply. Jacking up taxes. And dumping it into that Barry thing system what I'm saying yes let's go ahead and restore accountability that expenditure process let's take the and in the blatant you know its use of dollar out of the equation but that's what I'm fighting or expend the money that are already pretty are. Why is it that G you can bet that your colleagues are fighting so hard to keep this corrupt system enemies you pointed out your an editorial senator Tom Davis. Pretty only steeped in the entire nation where legislators decide where road money goes why it. Why I like later the couple a couple that are accompanied. You know two legs and yeah. Well and in private terror when you when I talk to my colleagues up your body and that that system that the park everybody knows that that is 888 bad way to stand people's money. But the truth of the matter is that they fear retribution. Okay they fear being punished if they speak out and that they talk about the way you are being spent. We're talking about very powerful people perk up people back to the budget. That can hurt you in regard to blocking legislation that would hurt in any number way. It's extremely difficult. To dig and an end challenge entrenched power but but that's the only way Rivera had any difference made in South Carolina Whitney. We spend more money I mean let's look at education and think we spent 42 in the nation in per pupil funding or if you are about cup. You know we spend Dino hunter in the at the dollars extra every year on health care yet our healthcare outcomes are bad. We spend more and more money each year on roads and our road longer career. Her later you know just simply taxing and raising spending we need to wake up and figure out an aspect had been different. So here's your play and coming weighting of our plan I have been having people call their senators and call the governor do you think we have a good what would turn about the governor here. He's he's he. Legendary actor I think he showed great leadership on their austerity it very clearly that last week. Raising taxes is rarely the handler and has not answered here I think garnered mastered yet I think governor nick asked guerrilla. That when you look at roads and bridges there's two inside the equation as revenues. In the expenditure side in what you're saying is. We have a revenue problem we had an expenditure problem we are problem but the way we spend that money. And not every other state in the nation have an accountability system where the agency and the money. Are accountable to the governor bill money is spent unwisely or persuade their dark it's been a project and are you get the people know exactly who hold accountable. Mean you can't hold the speaker of the house and the president of the senate accountable I you know I mean they don't rely on you Galactica. So we have a completely unaccountable system and that's the problem Terrance so but US personal encouragement talk about the I think the people stuck on our story and understand that I think the people that are gonna start out in the right questions. Why is it that we had an increase over a billion dollar a year out. To 2.2 billion dollar a year now and we still can't do the basic things in regard explorer wreckage. How we spend that money why are we spending it the way we are their act in the right questions. And that's going to lead to public awareness and that lead to pressure lawmakers. That. It changed and the last year but I'm making that argument the senate floor I'm gonna make the argument again this year and sooner or later you get to a port where people start and it. People start to look at as they start the ball and I think that moment now for us count the road to Britain. Senator Tom Davis if mom tendering master as this one wrong and does not Vito interchanges is view Liu we run against him in the primary for governor I'd love to see around. I don't know that at iWeb I think somebody would that topic that there are any Internet faster oh yeah. Public certainly Smart politician and he understands that that's system. At a you know 120% increase in spending over the air period and you're still not getting good outcome he understands what the problem it and that's why he's had very clear last week. GAAP factors are not the answer we got to reform gladly spend that money so I think he's showing good leadership here. And I'd look boarding him just sitting in the debate over the next couple weeks Eric says it's crunch time now. They passed that bill yesterday that Jack Jack it up by eight hours or. And they wanted to dump it into that same broken system and and that they gonna get that done but we need to rub up again to an end. Collier legislator and you got a great delegation up there gringo the rocks well those rocks well. And I'm not kidding get this done. Amen real quick when you expect the other to begin filibustering Tom when you expect a vote on mr. blacking this story on the local media. It could be as early as tomorrow but it almost certainly by the actually mean that it. It got passed the senate finance media today. That the boat was up fourteen to eight in favor of a straight up gas tax increase so it does on the senate calendar. Tomorrow and I suspect the B and move the start debating it. I'm either tomorrow or Tuesday terror itself. Again the reach the green don't Barbara delegation you got rock solid. But we did it ever voices are right now well. On amen to that and post only port Tom Davis to fight to saloon and he's got a law firm he T steps away from two to filibuster this thing every year crescent doesn't about. Don't understand blood and this is why we lose things. Text the word god to the tax line. Will say you Henry may masters number. How dare they Canada for opposing the gas tax encourage him to continue doing it tell you plan to watch closely in the vote in the gubernatorial primary. Text weren't bad to get a masters and number also text the word cult to find your senator and contact them no gas tax hike.