Bipartisan Senate group to find SC road funding solution

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The leader of the South Carolina Senate has asked a bipartisan group of lawmakers to come up with a solution to raising more money for South Carolina roads.

Sen. Ray Cleary said on the Senate floor Wednesday that the group met Tuesday and plans to meet for several hours after Thursday’s session.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman named the Murrells Inlet Republican and Orangeburg Democratic Sen. Brad Hutto to lead the group.

The House passed a bill last year that would have raised the gasoline tax to bring in an additional $400 million for roads while also cutting income taxes. The bill stalled in the Senate as several plans were suggested, but never got any traction.

Business leaders are urging the state to get more money for roads.

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