Business leaders tell reps roads need to be fixed

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Leaders representing statewide businesses and industries have announced their support for H.3516 – the House Road Funding Bill. Additionally, the South Carolina Roads Coalition announced that it was sending a letter to legislators commending the House for moving forward with a road plan and urging House members to vote yes on H.3516.

Rick Todd, president and CEO of the South Carolina Trucking Association, speaking on behalf of the South Carolina Roads Coalition, said, “We’ve come together today with hope, belief and optimism that 2017 might finally be the year that we secure significant, recurring and dedicated funds to fix and improve South Carolina’s
highway infrastructure.”

Todd continued, “This is an issue that impacts the quality of life, safety and enhanced economic prosperity for all South Carolinians.”

Pete Selleck, president of Michelin North America, speaking on behalf of the SC Chamber of Commerce, said that 2017 is the year the General Assembly must finish the job on infrastructure.

“We’ve seen the situation only get worse, and we really do believe at this point we’re at the end of the road,” said Selleck. “If we do not come up with a solid plan this year that is sufficient and sustainable over the long term, we believe that going forward it’s going to do significant damage to this state.”