- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Bills to borrow $2 billion for South Carolina roads and to change who runs the state Transportation Department have been merged by a House subcommittee.

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White said Tuesday he hopes to have send to the House floor by early next week.

Supporters of combining the bills say it will make people who want Transportation Department reform have to accept borrowing money and vice versa.

The bill uses around $200 million in fees to borrow $2 billion over 10 years to widen interstates and fix bridges, freeing up other money for repaving. It also allows the governor to appoint all members of the Department of Transportation’s board with legislative approval.

There are eight days left in the legislative session.

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