- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A group that wants South Carolina lawmakers to reform the Department of Transportation before raising the gas tax or other taxes to pay for roads is staging a protest to help drivers’ pocketbooks at a Columbia gas station.

Americans for Prosperity said it will pay the 45 cents that drivers now pay in state and federal gas taxes in addition to the 10-cent gas tax increase proposed by some lawmakers starting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The protest is at the El Cheapo station on Bull Street.

Group members will be on hand to tell drivers why they want Gov. Nikki Haley fully in charge of DOT before the agency gets any more money.

The Senate is trying to debate a road funding bill before the session ends June 4.

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