SC Chamber wants gas tax to bring more road money

SC Chamber wants gas tax to bring more road money

By JEFFREY COLLINS

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce says his group will push for an increase in the state's gas tax as part of a comprehensive plan to get more money for roads.

Otis Rawl told a business group pushing to improve the state's roads that he thinks South Carolina's leaders have talked enough about poorly maintained roads and bridges and it is time for action.

Rawl told the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads that a poll of Republican voters shows a majority would support the gas tax increase of one cent a year for 10 years if it was carefully presented. He said that any increase likely needs the backing of the next governor.

Neither major party candidate for governor has backed a gas tax increase.

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