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SC legislators working toward compromise on roads bill

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

Legislators are working toward a compromise on legislation designed to jumpstart improvements to South Carolina's deteriorating roadways.
    
With just one day left in the legislative session, the dispute between the House and Senate is over how the Department of Transportation's commissioners would be chosen.
    
Both chambers' proposals allow for $2 billion in borrowing over 10 years for infrastructure, funded with $200 million annually in existing fees and vehicle sales taxes. The chambers agreed to the borrowing plan after senators blocked proposals increasing gas taxes.
    
Opponents of hiking that tax insisted on first restructuring the DOT before sending the agency more money.
    
Neither chamber wants to eliminate the commission as Gov. Nikki Haley wanted. While both proposals give her more input into selecting commissioners, she'd no longer choose the DOT secretary.

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