COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Legislature has approved a budget that distributes more than $216 million to counties for road repair and provides $70 million toward infrastructure promised to Volvo.
The budget package approved Tuesday also sets aside $50 million to be used later to borrow for large highway projects. But that money cannot be used until legislators pass a long-term plan for fixing South Carolina’s deteriorating roads.
The House passed a road-funding proposal in April that would have raised $400 million annually for roadwork. The Senate Finance Committee came up with another plan expected to generate nearly $800 million. But the full Senate never voted on it before the regular session ended earlier this month.
That bill will be high on the Senate agenda when legislators return in January.