- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina senators say their extensive debate on road funding will start Wednesday.

Senators were warned last week that would spend days on a roads bill. But they met for just over an hour Tuesday before adjourning.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman instead said senators would meet two hours earlier Wednesday and may debate well into the evening.

The proposal getting the most attention would raise the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon over three years and increase or add a number of other fees. In five years, an estimated $723 million extra would be put into roads yearly.

Republicans who don’t want to raise a lot of taxes and Democrats leery about widespread tax cuts oppose the increase.

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