JOHN WARREN’S MISSION: FIX OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES
Businessman, Marine Warren: “The current system isn’t working – we need conservative reform.”
GREENVILLE, SC –John Warren released his plan Tuesday to bring accountability to the Department of Transportation, improve public safety, lessen traffic congestion and improve transparency.
“South Carolina’s roads are disgraceful. Our crumbling infrastructure hurts economic development, makes families less safe and diminishes our quality of life,” Warren said. “I’m running for governor to reform the Department of Transportation so roads and bridges get built and repaired based on greatest need.”
Warren’s plan calls for making the Department of Transportation a Cabinet-level agency, eliminating the DOT Commission, merging the State Infrastructure Bank with DOT, creating a five-year strategic plan and banning family contracts.
“Career politicians have had a stranglehold on our roads for decades and the results speak for themselves. We sit in traffic while they play political games,” Warren said. “As a business leader, I know how to fix the problem. I’ll clean up Columbia so that state government gets out of the way and South Carolinians can get to work on time.”
MISSION: SAFER ROADS, LESS TRAFFIC AND TRANSPARENCY
MAKE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ACCOUNTABLE TO THE TAXPAYERS
The Department of Transportation spends over $2 billion per year and owns the nation’s fourth largest roads system. The current system is broken. The governor needs the authority to fix it.
- The Secretary of Transportation should be appointed by the governor so the governor can ensure timely, effective and efficient results.
- Implement accountability budgeting so that each dollar spent by DOT is reviewed and justified every year – unnecessary spending will be cut.
ELIMINATE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
The DOT Commission is fraught with political cronyism and leads to politically- motivated decision-making.
- Transportation experts should prioritize roads and bridges, not political appointees or members of the state legislature.
- Roads and bridges should be built and repaired based on need – not political influence.
MERGE DOT AND THE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK
State government doesn’t need duplicative agencies.
- Eliminate the State Infrastructure Bank board that is just another mechanism for career politicians to garner funding for political purposes.
- Cut the bureaucracy that prevents roads and bridges from being repaired and built quickly.
CREATE A TRANSPARENT FIVE-YEAR PLAN
Taxpayers are footing the bill for roads and bridges – they deserve to know how the dollars are being prioritized and spent.
- As governor, John will order a five-year strategic plan for infrastructure detailing priorities based on need to improve public safety and lessen traffic congestion in high-growth areas.
- The five-year plan will be updated annually and released to the public every year.
BAN FAMILY CONTRACTS
John will immediately issue an executive order banning state contracts with family members of legislators.
- All state agencies will be banned from entering a contract with a family member of a state legislator.