SC Roads Bill Debate
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Senators are debating whether a bill raising revenue to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roadways should also cut taxes.
Republican Sen. Sean Bennett proposed an amendment Wednesday that includes cutting income taxes and manufacturers’ property taxes, while increasing tax credits for students and tax deductions for officers.
He changed his proposal’s start date to 2018 after senators balked at needing to cut $233 million from the budget that takes effect July 1.
His plan would eventually reduce state revenues by more than $400 million annually.
Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen says if the “poison pill” amendment passes, the road-funding effort is likely dead for another year.
Bennett contends a bill that only raises gas taxes and fees for roadwork won’t get the super majority approval needed to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s threatened veto.