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Compromise could provide $800M for SC roads

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

Legislators say a tentative agreement could provide up to $800 million for road and bridge work across South Carolina.
   
A three-part compromise approved Monday by a panel of House and Senate members would put up to $141 million in state taxes toward infrastructure in the next fiscal year.
   
The legislation specifies that $50 million would go the State Infrastructure Bank to fund major projects through borrowing, and $41 million from the state sales tax on vehicles would repair secondary roads. It would use up to $50 million in surplus money for bridge repair.
   
Borrowing and federal highway matches could push the total to more than $798 million.
   
The Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders agree the infrastructure compromise was critical for reaching an agreement on the overall budget for 2012-13.

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