COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A pair of senators – a Republican and a Democrat each not seeking re-election – plan to spend this week trying to shape a bill to get more money to improve South Carolina roads.
Sens. Ray Cleary and Joel Lourie warn the process is going to take a few weeks if not longer. But they are confident they can pull together a bill that business leaders and pothole-hitting drivers have been clamoring for ages.
The 46 senators seem to have 46 different ideas on details. Conservative Republicans are leery about raising the gas tax without a significant cut in other taxes and want changes in who runs the Department of Transportation.
Democrats want to make sure any tax cuts get to the largest number of people and don’t threaten services.
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