South Carolina Senate to Take Up Roads Debate Next Week
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Senate plans to start talking about how to find additional money for roads next week.
The Senate adjourned Thursday with Sen. Ray Cleary holding the floor. The Republican from Murrells Inlet told senators he wants to debate increasing money for roads first thing Tuesday.
Cleary has been trying to craft a bill the Senate can pass for years without success.
Senate President Hugh Leatherman included Cleary on a bipartisan group of senators trying to write a roads bill. Cleary says that group has not come up with a proposal.
Cleary says he wants the Senate bill to reach the goals of the House and Gov. Nikki Haley to raise the gas tax only if there is a corresponding decrease in income taxes and restructure the Department of Transportation.