A roundup of what’s making news in South Carolina state government.
The House Ways & Means Committee advanced a roads funding bill Thursday, sending it to the House floor. The move came one day after the Senate Finance Committee did the same.
But both bills seek to raise money through very different means. And neither may be able to withstand a threatened veto from Gov. Nikki Haley, who has indicated she will not support increasing gas taxes without corresponding income tax relief.
The House version that headed to the floor Thursday tries to accommodate the governor by trimming the state’s 16 cent per-gallon gas tax and shifting it to a new sales tax paid for by wholesalers. In exchange, an income tax break (averaging $48 for the average filer) would be offered to offset any higher price at the pump. Budget analysts predict the proposal would bring in an additional $400 million each year.