Drivers could start paying more taxes at the pump this year if the legislature approves a funding package to increase funding for roads.
The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a roads funding proposal 16-7 that would raise the gas tax by 12 cents over the next three years.
An increase in car sales taxes from $300 to $600 was also part of the package.
Also included in the deal is a provision to raise the price of a five-year driver’s license from $12.50 to $25. Ten-year licenses would increase from $25 to $50.
The proposal would raise an estimated $800 million. The state highway system is facing an estimated $30 billion shortfall over the next 20 years.
Opponents of the measure—including Gov. Nikki Haley—have said they won’t support a tax increase without tax relief.