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S.C. Chamber of Commerce urges senators to pass roads bill

The S.C. Chamber of Commerce is pressuring state senators to pass a road-repair bill when they return to Columbia Tuesday.

“The business community is taking notice of the Senate’s continued inaction, and we urge senators to do their job and vote to pass a roads package that increases funding, holds the (Transportation Department) accountable, and fixes our roads and bridges once and for all,” said chamber president Ted Pitts, a former Republican state representative and aide to Gov. Nikki Haley.

The chamber said it is encouraging its members to contact their state senators and tell them to end a filibuster by state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort.

“Filibusters only cause more traffic jams,” the chamber said.

Davis filibustered for two days last week. Last year, the libertarian-leaning senator successfully blocked a proposal to increase the state’s gas tax to pay for road repairs.

Cassie Cope: 803-771-8657, @cassielcope