Business leaders to legislators: 'Finish the job' on roads

Updated: Jan. 22, 2017 at 1:26 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Business leaders are again pushing the Legislature to fix South Carolina's crumbling roads, saying it's time to "finish the job" with a long-term funding solution or risk losing jobs to other states.

A House plan introduced Wednesday is estimated to pump an extra $600 million annually into roadwork once it's fully phased in over five years. A Senate proposal pre-filed last month would raise an estimated $800 million annually after a three-year phase-in.

State Chamber of Commerce members says they support either amount and leave the details to lawmakers, as long as the result is a reliable, consistent stream of money. The business group has long called for at least $600 million extra annually.

Chamber CEO Ted Pitts says anything less is just maintaining a status quo of decay.

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