Well, here’s a shocker for you. Lawmakers have been in Columbia since early January and our roads and highways remain in disrepair with no clear pathway to fix them.
Actually, there’s plenty of unfinished business as the state Legislature creeps ever closer to what’s called the crossover deadline, when bills must migrate from the House to the Senate.
Those not passed from one chamber to the next by Friday are likely DOA.
Our former governor has moved on to the United Nations and our current governor, Henry McMaster, is not, at this point, needing a big box of pens in anticipation of signing new legislation into law.
Whether it’s devising a plan – a real and sustainable plan – to fix our roads, funding repairs for state colleges and universities or, really, anything of substance, the wheels of government seem to have gone into a muddy ditch.
Perhaps that is poetic justice, but it is not doing justice by our residents, nor is it doing justice by our businesses and industries – current and future.
Lawmakers have also been debating legislation that would allow people to openly carry their handguns, as well as legislation that would expand gun permit reciprocity.
We’d rather they set their sights on more broad-reaching legislations, such as road repairs or the condition of our colleges and universities, but they seem content to just keep the debate going and going.
Never mind that they have, for years, been saying they’re gonna do something about this and gonna do something about that.
Never mind that they have, for years, cut the flow of state dollars into education.
Never mind that they have, for years, allowed existing roads and bridges to crumble while continuing to build new ones.
Voters send these people to Columbia on the premise – and, frankly, the promise – they will fix these and other problems, and do so somewhat expeditiously.
The wheels of government are not greased with the same grease as private business, but it seems there’s no grease at all – at least not on some major issues.
Inaction seems to translate well into job security for some of these lawmakers. That, and perhaps, voters have short- and even long-term memory issues.
Too bad the voters can’t give lawmakers a to-do list, set a deadline and then fire them when they don’t comply.