- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - After trying to speed a roads bill to the Senate floor, state senators are now hitting the brakes on a plan to get more money to South Carolina’s highways.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman told the Finance Committee on Tuesday he wants to bring in the Department of Transportation and the state Infrastructure Bank to tell the panel what they do.

That would push the debate on the Senate floor about how to raise more money for roads, cut taxes and reform the DOT board to at least Feb. 16, which is the week before the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina.

The Infrastructure Bank helps finance large road projects through loans. Critics of the bank say it wields too much power in too few hands.

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