COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The South Carolina House has approved a bill that would generate more than $400 million additional annually for road and bridge work.
The measure passed 87-20 on Wednesday. The bill would have drivers pay the equivalent of 10 cents more per gallon for gas. The bill offsets that increase by giving most taxpayers a $48 savings on their personal income taxes.
The Department of Transportation has said it needs an additional $1.5 billion yearly over 20 years to bring roads to good condition.
The bill also provides an income tax cut of about $48 a year to taxpayers.
Gov. Nikki Haley has threatened to veto the bill because the tax cut is too small. But the 87-20 vote may show there is enough support to override any veto.