Sheheen's plan for SC roads doesn't raise gas tax

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is releasing his plan to improve South Carolina roads without raising the gas tax.

The state senator from Camden wants the General Assembly set up a plan to dedicate 5 percent of the state budget and surplus every year to repairing and building roads. That plan would have raised about $350 million if it had been in place this year.

Sheheen says revenue growth and implementing the plan over several years should prevent budget cuts in other areas.

Sheheen also wants to borrow money immediately for important projects that can't wait, concentrate on repairing roads before building new ones and reorganize the Department of Transportation.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and potential independent candidate Tom Ervin have not given details for their road plans.

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