Road funding details matter

I wanted you to know that this was another busy week.

On Monday, I spoke to the East Cooper and Waccamaw Neck Republican Clubs.

What I said at the WNRC meeting about a gas tax bill the House leadership is filing got media coverage. Here’s what the Coastal Observer reported:

“District 108 Rep. Lee Hewitt said state House members have proposed a tiered increase of 2 cents per gallon a year for five years along with possible increases in the sales tax on automobiles and drivers license fees. ‘It’s a combination of a lot of different things,’ he said. ‘How is that list going to be prioritized? How is that money going to be spent? The devil is in the details. It’s great to say we’re going to raise the gas tax. If you continue spending it the way you are, we are not going to get the bang for the buck we need to get.’”

A meaningful DOT reform/funding bill is needed to address crumbling road infrastructure, but I would never say yes or no to such legislation without knowing the details of how and where monies would be allocated. So far the details of the bill have been very skimpy.

The House is in the midst of judicial elections for seats on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and the Circuit, Family and Administrative Courts, with candidates actively seeking commitments from House members this week and next, which means meeting with a lot of candidates – a responsibility I take seriously. The actual voting for judicial candidates should occur in two weeks.

I hope you will visit my official House webpage, by clicking here, where you can see bills that I’ve sponsored or cosponsored, see my voting record or watch the House in action by clicking the video link.

Finally, it was with great pride and respect that I watched the peaceful transition of presidential power in Washington yesterday. It was the best of democracy in action. God bless America!

Thank you for your support. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

Rep. Lee Hewitt