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SC lawmakers to consider gas tax hike for roads, infrastructure


HE RECEIVED CREDIT FOR THE 9 YEARS HE’D ALREADY SERVED. WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM TO REPAIR SOUTH CAROLINA CRUMBLING ROADS? SOME SAY A GAS TAX HIKE IS WHAT’S NEED THE. THE NEW GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS EXPECTED TO DEBATE RAISING THE GAS TAX WITH ALL OF THE MONEY GOING TOWARDS STATE ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS. NEWS2 RAYMOND OWENS IS LIVE AT THE EXXON GAS STATION IN NORTH CO-CHARS CHARS WITH MORE DETAILS ON A POSSIBLE GAS TAX HIKE. IT’S NOT A NEW IDEA BUT SENATOR PAUL CAMPBELL TELLS ME HE BELIEVES IT’S FAIRLY LIKELY THAT A GAS TAX HIKE PACKAGE WILL PASS IN COLUMBIA SOON. RIGHT NOW THE TAX YOU PAY ON A GALLON GAS IN SOUTH CAROLINA IS 16 CONTENTS CENTS. LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING WHETHER TO RAISE THAT ANOTHER $0.12 CENTS PER GALLON. IT IS ROADS AND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE ARE IN BAD SHAPE. THIS HIKE WOULD MEAN MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO UPGRADES ROADS AND BRIDGES. SO THE BILL WE’VE GOT UP THERE THAT’S PROPOSED WOULD DO THAT WITH MOTOR FUEL USER INCREASE. AT THE SAME TIME THERE’S TAX RELIEF IN THE BILL. AND THE WAY WE’VE GOT CALCULATED YOU WILL PROBABLY GET AS MUCH MONEY BACK OR MORE THAN YOU WOULD PAY IN THE INCREASE IN THE MOTOR FUEL USER FEE. Reporter: BUSINESS LEADERS SAY IMPROVED ROADS ARE CRITICAL FOR THE FUTURE. WHILE WE HAVE CERTAINLY ENJOYED TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN THE AREA AND ARE VERY FORTUNATE IN THAT REGUARD, THERE WILL BE A SATURATION POINT WHERE A LACK OF ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE IS GOING TO WORK AGAINST US. Reporter: HE TELLS ME EVEN IF THE TAX IS RAISED $0.12 CENTS PER GALLON OVER A THREE- YEAR PERIOD SUPPLY AND DEMAND MEANS YOU MAY NOT PAY THAT MUCH MORE AT THE PUMP. FOR INSTANCE NORTH CAROLINA AND $0.20 CENTS A GALLON MORE THAN WE ARE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. BUT YOU CAN DRIVE ACROSS THE BORDER, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO SEE A $0.20 CENTS PRICES YOU SEE OVER THERE THAN YOU SEE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE TAXPAYER THAT SAYS I PAY ENOUGH THIS TAXES. WE’RE LOOKING AT A REVENUE OF BOTH SIDES A REVENUE FOR THE ROADS AND DEE INCREASE IN TAXES FOR THE TAXPAYERS. HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BALANCE AND SOME PEOPLE MAY END UP GETTING MORE MONEY BACK ON THE REDUCTION IN THEIR TAXES THAN THEY WILL PAY IN THE MOTOR FUEL USER FEE. Reporter: AND SENATOR CAMPBELL ALSO TELLS ME ABOUT A THIRD OF THOSE WHO PAY THE GAS TAX ARE NOT DRIVING VEHICLES REGISTERED HERE IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA SO THAT TAX BURDEN IS SHARED BY SOME OF THOSE FOLKS WHO DON’T REALLY PAY PROPERTY TAXES IN THE STATE RIGHT NOW.

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