South Carolina anti-tax groups step up opposition to road-funding bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Opponents of raising the state’s gas tax to fund roadwork are stepping up their efforts while the Legislature’s not in session in an attempt to shift the debate from funding to reform.

Debate on the issue lawmakers called their top priority for 2015 – fixing South Carolina’s deteriorating roads – will resume in January.

Anti-tax activists are working the phones to secure GOP senators’ opposition in 2016, when every legislator is up for re-election.

Groups pushing to reform the system first include Americans for Prosperity, the Coastal Conservation League, the South Carolina Policy Council and the Campaign for Liberty.

But many legislators and business leaders say that’s just political spin that won’t fix the problem. They contend more money will be needed regardless of any reforms.

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