12 days remain for legislators to find road-funding solution

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By SEANNA ADCOX

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Finding a way to fix South Carolina’s crumbling highways will likely dominate the legislative session’s closing days.

Just 12 days remain on the legislative calendar for the General Assembly to find a compromise on an issue that legislators of both parties called their top priority for the year.

A bill raising the state’s 16-cents-per-gallon gas tax and other fees to fund roadwork again faces a filibuster in the Senate. Gov. Henry McMaster’s pledge last week to veto the bill bolstered opponents’ efforts to block it.

McMaster also threatened to veto a bill borrowing $500 million for statewide maintenance. He wants to borrow $1 billion for roads.

College presidents and students have sent letters to McMaster saying the borrowing bill up for debate in the House funds critical repairs.

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