It's official: South Carolina has a new gas tax after S.C. House and Senate override Gov. McMaster's veto
COLUMBIA — It didn't take long for the Legislature to answer Gov. Henry McMaster.
Or to slam how he handled the debate over the state's gas tax, one of the nation's lowest.
Less than a day after the governor vetoed the infrastructure bill that would raise South Carolina's gas tax for the first time since 1987, both the the S.C. House of Representatives and the Senate voted to overrule him Wednesday.
The veto override marks one of the first major political losses for McMaster, who assumed the governorship in January when former governor Nikki Haley became U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The first 2 cents of a 12-cent increase at the pump will take effect July 1.