COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley is pressuring House GOP leaders to agree to a bill that removes $400 million annually from state tax collections for roadwork, even while supporting their main argument against it.
Haley said Wednesday if the House passes the Senate’s road-funding proposal, she’ll work with legislative leaders to find an acceptable “direct funding stream” for roads.
The Senate refused to pass any gas tax increase.
House Assistant Majority Leader Gary Simrill repeated it’s folly to promise to perpetually spend $400 million from state coffers. The House’s budget plan includes roughly $400 million for roadwork, but leaders say that’s a one-year solution.
Haley agrees automatic funding is the best option. However, she likes the Department of Transportation leadership changes that also are part of the Senate plan.