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Legislature passes budget distributing $216M to counties for roadwork; provides $70M for Volvo

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The South Carolina Legislature has approved a budget that distributes more than $216 million to counties for road repair and provides $70 million toward infrastructure promised to Volvo.

The budget package approved Tuesday also sets aside $50 million to be used later to borrow for large highway projects. But that money cannot be used until legislators pass a long-term plan for fixing South Carolina's deteriorating roads.

The House passed a road-funding proposal in April that would have raised $400 million annually for roadwork. The Senate Finance Committee came up with another plan expected to generate nearly $800 million. But the full Senate never voted on it before the regular session ended earlier this month.

The bill will high on the agenda when legislators return in January.

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