Lawmakers approve transportation funding plan in South Dakota

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PIERRE, S.D. — Lawmakers looking for ways to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in necessary repairs to highways and bridges have finalized a proposal that will go to the Legislature.

The Highway Needs and Financing Committee passed the recommendations on Friday.

Republican Sen. Mike Vehle is chairman of the committee. Vehle’s plan would come up with more than $100 million in its first year through a variety of fuel taxes, vehicle fees and other assessments.

But Vehle says those additional funds won’t fully address the growing problem. Tax increases will face an uphill climb in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Officials say 25 percent of state roads will be rated as poor within the next decade, compared to about 2 percent now.

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