COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Republican leaders in the South Carolina House say they will not insist on their version of a bill to get more money to state roads, meaning a gas tax increase will not pass this year.

In a letter to Gov. Nikki Haley, House Speaker Jay Lucas says his chamber will either agree to a Senate bill that takes $400 million out of general budget funds for roads, or just pass an amendment to change the way the Department of Transportation is run.

The House passed its own road funding plan last April that raised a sales tax on fuel. This budget year, the state has more than $1 billion in additional revenue.

Haley is urging the House to take up the Senate plan now, rather than wait until next month.

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