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Federal Highway Trust Fund Spending For SD Down 10 Percent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are debating a plan to increase state spending on roads and bridges, as federal funding has fallen.

Figures compiled by The Associated Press show total per-capita spending available to the state from the Federal Highway Trust Fund declined 10 percent in the five years before 2013, the latest year for which numbers were available.

The fund provided $278.9 million to South Dakota in 2013, or $330 per person — well over twice the $126 per capita national average.

The legislative plan advanced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard would increase state spending on roads and bridges roughly $50 million in its first year through fuel taxes, fees and other assessments.

The Senate has passed its version and a House committee plans to vote on its version Tuesday.