SC Chamber of Commerce head push gas tax increase

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce says his group will push for a one-cent increase in the state gas tax over the next 10 years.

Otis Rawl on Monday told a business group pushing to improve the state's roads that he thinks South Carolina's leaders have talked enough about poorly maintained roads and bridges and it is time for action.

Rawl told the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads that a poll of Republican voters shows a majority would support the gas tax increase if it was carefully presented. He said that any increase likely needs the backing of the next governor.

Neither major party candidate for governor has backed a gas tax increase.

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