House OKs $2B road borrowing bill liked by Senate and Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina House has approved a bill that would borrow around $2 billion to spend on major highways and bridges.

The 102-3 vote sends a combined bill with both the extra money for roads and a change in the commission that runs the state Department of Transportation back to the Senate. Senators passed similar proposals separately and the governor supports them.

The bill uses $200 million from the sales tax on vehicles and drivers’ license fees to get $2 billion in bonds over 10 years.

DOT officials say the bonds could free other money to spend on paving more rural roads.

Rep. Gary Simrill has pushed a roads bill for the past two years. The Rock Hill Republican says it is a good start, but not a permanent fix.

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