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SC Gov Haley wants DOT board eliminated

Sep 20, 2011 12:58:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday the cash-strapped Department of Transportation would operate better without the board that chooses which major highway projects get taxpayer money.

Instead, those decisions need to be left with the state's transportation secretary she appoints.

"What I want him to do is prioritize for the people of the state. You know, let him decide which roads and bridges and all that need to be taken care of and hold him accountable and ultimately hold me accountable," Haley said.

"I personally think the board needs to go," Haley said.

Haley's remarks came after the Budget and Control Board, a financial oversight panel she chairs, agreed without discussion to require the Department of Transportation to provide more details of a summer financial meltdown that left contractors with invoices unpaid for months.

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