- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A House panel received information about a plan passed by the Senate to borrow more than $2 billion to widen interstates and repair bridges over the next decade.

The subcommittee took no action Wednesday, but Rep. Chip Limehouse promised a vote before the next meeting of the whole House Ways and Means Committee.

State Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall says the bill is a good first step. She told the lawmakers she wants the DOT to show the public it can spend this money wisely so the agency will be trusted with more money to try and bring the entire state highway system into good condition.

The bill would use $200 million a year in fees and vehicle sales taxes to borrow the $2 billion.

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