SC transportation officials want hike in gas tax

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CHARLESTON, S.C.  — South Carolina transportation officials are asking lawmakers to raise the state's gasoline tax for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Tuesday that Transportation Secretary Buck Limehouse has written lawmakers asking them to raise the tax from the current nearly 17 cents per gallon to just over 22 cents per gallon.

South Carolina hasn't raised the tax since 1987. It's the fourth-lowest gasoline tax in the nation.

The gas tax pays for road improvements and construction, safety upgrades and bridge replacement.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell of Charleston says the gas tax should be tied to the sales tax that rises and falls with the price of fuel.

Lawmakers have quickly rejected recent requests to raise the tax.

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Taylor B
Taylor B 10/05/10 - 12:39 pm
Yeah, this is a really good

Yeah, this is a really good time to raise taxes, with all the extra money floating around ... (Eyeroll)

faithson 10/05/10 - 03:03 pm
This is the exact time to

This is the exact time to raise a tax that is paid by the users. Especially if the funds raised are dedicated to road issues.

Indigo 10/05/10 - 03:09 pm
Pefect thinking there

Pefect thinking there DOT............take some more money I dont have. ANY lawmaker who votes this in gets voted out.

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