Senator plans bill to raise $800M a year for SC roads

Senator plans bill to raise $800M a year for SC roads

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A senator who has been studying how to find more money to fix South Carolina roads for two years plans to file a bill that he says could raise up to an additional $800 million a year for state roads.

Sen. Ray Cleary said Tuesday his bill will raise the gas tax 10 cents and index the amount to inflation, raise the sales tax cap on automobile purchases from $300 to $1,400, eliminate dozens of sales tax exemptions and raise the fees for car registrations and drivers' licenses.

The Murrells Inlet Republican would also turn over more than half of the roads maintained by the state to counties and give them about $160 million a year.

The House and governor have presented plans that would raise about $400 million.

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