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Haley: Put additional revenues toward roads

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By SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley is calling on legislators to put additional revenue toward fixing South Carolina's roads and bridges.

Haley's news conference Thursday in front of construction equipment comes a day before the state's economic advisers are set to revise their revenue projections.

Haley predicts they'll increase estimates by more than $100 million.

The House budget-writing committee will use the new numbers next week as they put together a 2013-14 budget proposal. A final revenue estimate comes in May, in time for the Senate to put together its plan.

Haley wants $26 million taken off the top of additional revenues for income tax cuts and the rest to go toward infrastructure. She says crumbling roads and bridges hurt economic development.

Haley reiterated her opposition to raising the state's 16-cents-per-gallon gas tax.

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