Senate panel spends 2 weeks on SC road-fixing plan

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Senate committee will spend the next two weeks trying to put together a bill to increase the money South Carolina spends on its roads.

The Transportation Funding Special Subcommittee met for the first time Tuesday, listening to basic details about eight bills to get more money to fix roads and bridges.

The ideas ranged from borrowing $500 million to building toll lanes on interstates to setting aside the sales tax paid on vehicle purchases only for road work.

None of the bills would raise the state's 16-cents-per-gallon gas tax, unchanged since 1987. But there are proposals to allow counties to consider their own two-cent increase to the tax.

The subcommittee wants to mold the bills into one proposal.

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