Budget Week Update

Last week, my colleagues and I worked diligently to clear the House calendar as we enter into the annual budget debate this week. Unlike Washington, we balance our budget each year. I take a conservative approach to allocating state funds, and I value your input. The budget proposal for fiscal years 2016-2017 may be found here.  I will provide further updates on the budget after the House finishes its deliberations this week.

As you may have seen in various news reports, the Senate finally sent back their amendments to our roads and infrastructure funding bill. My House colleagues and I continue to look closely at the Senate changes. The issue of fixing our roads while creating a long-term solution to our immediate problem remains complex.

We have worked for years in the House to reform the governance model of SCDOT. While the Senate roads plan does call for additional road and infrastructure funding, that money can actually only be spent as part of the budget process. We will be proactive in making sure these extra funds are part of this week’s budget debate. Also, the Senate version may not reform the SCDOT enough, likely requiring us to amend their changes for more significant reform to the SCDOT. We are expecting the results of a Legislative Audit Council audit of SCDOT in the next few weeks, which will further assist us in crafting a comprehensive infrastructure and reform plan.

Last week, I filed for reelection to House District 32.  It has been an honor to serve my community and state in the State House, and, with your support, I hope to continue doing so.  If I can ever be of assistance to you, or if you have ideas on issues you want me to share with the rest of the General Assembly, please don’t hesitate to contact me at derhamcole@schouse.gov, (803) 212-6790, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Sincerely,

Derham Cole