Senate committee to take up House highway funding plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A House plan to raise an additional $400 million a year for South Carolina roads is going before a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee takes up the plan Tuesday. The same committee passed a different plan a month ago written by Sen. Ray Cleary, which would raise closer to $800 million a year for roads by raising the gas tax and several other fees.

The House plan passed by a veto-proof majority in that chamber earlier this month. The Senate has yet to debate a roads plan on the floor.

Gov. Nikki Haley has said neither plan provides enough income tax relief. The House plan cuts taxes by about $50 million, while the Senate hasn’t passed any income tax cut.