When Governor Dennis Daugaard opened the 2015 legislative session with his State of the State address last month, he said his top priority was roads and bridges. Lawmakers are still working on the governor’s highway and bridge funding proposal.
Members of the House State Affairs committee have amended the Governor’s $50 million plus proposal. The new version now includes an end date of 2030 for the two cent annual gas tax increase. A similar road funding bill has passed the Senate. Senate Bill 1 will also come before the House State Affairs committee. Governor Daugaard says putting off tax increases for road funding will cost the state more in the long-run.
South Dakota Department of Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist joined Dakota Midday and discussed the state's highways and bridges and what needs to be done to maintain them.