House group passes its road plan; chairman expects changes

House group passes its road plan; chairman expects changes
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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A House committee that has been meeting for four months to figure out how to get more money to fix South Carolina roads has approved several recommendations.

But committee chairman Rep. Gary Simrill said Tuesday they are just guidelines and he expects lawmakers to make changes.

Simrill's committee suggested dropping the state's gas tax by six cents to 10.75 cents and then adding a 6 percent sales tax to fuel.  The Rock Hill Republican's plan would restructure the Department of Transportation's board and turn over at least 15,000 miles of short, lightly-traveled state roads over to counties.

Some Democrats opposed the plan, saying poorer counties don't have the equipment needed to maintain more roads.

A bill will be written and sent to the Ways and Means committee.

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