Rutherford to propose casinos in Myrtle Beach area to fix roads

Todd Rutherford

COLUMBIA (WACH)â??House Democratic Leader Todd Rutherford announced today that he plans to introduce legislation next year to allow well-regulated, upscale casinos in the n Myrtle Beach area and use the tax revenue to fix SCâ??s ailing roads and bridges.

On the June 10th primary ballot, 80% of Democratic voters supported the idea of modernizing our stateâ??s gaming laws to fund road repairs instead of raising taxes.

"Governor Haley doesn't have a plan to fix our roads. She's against everything and for nothing. That kind of stubbornness won't fill our potholes, widen I-26, or create I-73. It's time to get serious about how we're going to pay for these repairs and Governor Haley's mystical "money tree" is not a serious plan.â?? Said Rutherford. â??Allowing well regulated, upscale casinos in the Myrtle Beach area would create a new annual multi-billion dollar revenue stream that will allow us to fix our state's crumbling roads, create thousands of good jobs, and keep taxes low. House Democrats will continue to push for innovative solutions to the problems Governor Haley and her Tea Party allies have created and now refuse to address."

Rutherford says voters are taxed enough already and this proposal provides an alternative to a gas tax increase. He challenges those who may be opposed to casinos in Myrtle Beach to offer up an alternative plans to repair roads.