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Committee Changes Daugaard’s Transportation Funding Package

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A legislative panel has added nearly $2 million in new revenue to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s $50.9 million funding hike for roads and bridges.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved changes to the governor’s plan, which raises transportation funding through a variety of increases in fuel taxes, fees and other assessments.

The governor’s director of policy and operations, Nathan Sanderson, says Daugaard’s proposal will fix the “imbalance” between current infrastructure financing and future needs.

The committee voted to end in 2030 a 2-cent fuel tax increase the governor proposed. They also added about $1.4 million in revenue for local infrastructure through additional vehicle fee increases.

The committee is expected to review the plan again Feb. 12. A competing Senate plan would raise more than $100 million in its first year.