SC Senate to debate Republicans’ $400 million road plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina senators are coming into work early and this time they should be debating a roads bill.

The Senate is scheduled to meet starting 10 a.m. Thursday, about 12 hours after Republicans and Democrats reached a deal to debate a GOP plan to send an additional $400 million to South Carolina roads without raising gas taxes.

The deal came after Democrats became angry when Republicans limited the time to debate any changes to the bill. Republicans later agreed to allow Democrats to put up some amendments and have a longer debate.

The House passed its own roads bill last year, which raised the sales tax on gasoline, but also cut income taxes. The Republican Senate plan has no tax cut.

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