McMaster flatly opposes gas tax hike, still no veto threat

SC DOT says it will take billions to repair SC roads

Gov. Henry McMaster suggests allowing the Department of Transportation to keep all the state gas taxes currently collected as a way to fix South Carolina's crumbling roads.

McMaster told reporters Wednesday raising the 16-cents-per-gallon tax is not the answer, saying less than half of what's currently collected goes to fixing roads and bridges.

McMaster's taking a more emphatic tone than last month, when he called an increase a last resort.

According to the DOT, 4 cents of the per-gallon tax pays workers' salaries and benefits.

Other required diversions do go toward roadwork. For example, 4 cents is the state's share to get federal highway dollars. And nearly 3 cents goes to counties for local roads.

Roughly 3 cents pays for daily repairs such as pothole patching and mowing.

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