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Bennett Demands Financial Audit

SUMMERVILLE, SC – Sen. Sean Bennett (R-Dorchester) has requested that the Legislative Audit Council perform an audit of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

The General Assembly has been discussing the best ways to solve our state’s deplorable road and transportation network for some time. “During extensive discussions on the shape of our transportation infrastructure system it became clear that in order to solve this massive problem, resources and institutional reform would have to be thoroughly evaluated.” Bennett said. Several proposals are now being debated in both houses of the General Assembly.

Questions remained following testimony at a recent Senate Transportation Committee hearing about the state of the department. With respect to funding needs, the Secretary of Transportation and Governor’s office indicate a need of $300 million annually to solve road problems while the SCDOT Commission has stated the need is $1.47 billion annually. This, as well as concerns with the department’s efficiency, project responsiveness, and willingness to reform internally led to the added measure of an audit request.

According to Sen. Bennett, “Transportation infrastructure is fundamental to public safety, movement of commerce, job creation, and quality of life. We are at a crossroads in South Carolina. The path we take from here will determine if our economy will continue advance or we slide into stagnation that once held us back.”

UPDATE

March 19, 2015 – The Legislative Audit Council has accepted the audit request by Sen. Bennett and others and hopes to begin in April 2105. South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Audit Acceptance Letter

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