South Carolina Lawmaker Says The Senate's Inability To Pass A Road-Funding Bill Is Costing The State

Patrick Gentry
April 18, 2017 - 15:04 pm
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House Speaker Jay Lucas says the Senate's inability to pass a long-term road-funding bill has added more than $1 billion to the cost of fixing South Carolina's crumbling highways.  Lucas stressed the House has twice in the last three years passed what he called a sustainable road-funding plan that requires everyone who drives on them to help pay for their maintenance. The latest bill that includes a gas tax increase again faces a filibuster in the Senate. Transportation Director Christy Hall has said roads are decaying so badly, the lack of a solution adds $350 million yearly to reconstruction costs.  Gov. Henry McMaster repeated Tuesday he opposes any gas tax increase.