Horne talks gas tax, education to Rotarians

  • Friday, January 17, 2014

Judy Watts/Journal Scene Rep. Jenny Horne addresses Rotarians earlier this week.

Although ethics reform and nullification of the Affordable Care Act evoke strong emotions, Rep. Jenny Horne (R-Dist. 94) said Monday, there are more important issues facing South Carolinians, as the 2014 legislative session begins.

Horne, speaking to the Summerville Oakbrook Breakfast Rotary Club, said the gas tax and education reform should be the top priorities.

“The gas tax in South Carolina is 16 cents and we haven’t raised it since 1987. North Carolina is 32,” Horne said.

Horne said 40 percent of the fuel sold in South Carolina is from travelers — primarily truckers, passing through the state.

“We need road repairs. We need to solve this problem,” she said.

The other major issue, according to Horne, is education reform that would result in uniform millage and per pupil expenditures.

“Industry looks at K-12 when deciding to move into the state,” she said. “They are looking at where their plant managers’ kids and employees are going to school. The more education the workforce has, the better the jobs.”

The 2014 session of the South Carolina General Assembly opened Tuesday and runs through June 5.

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