COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last time lawmakers met in Columbia, Democrats and many Republicans united to bring down the Confederate flag that flew outside the Statehouse for 50 years.
The Legislature returns Tuesday, and lawmakers hope that unity continues. But with hundreds of ideas about how to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars, lawmakers expect partisanship to return.
Republicans want tax relief, while Democrats want more stable ways to raise money to pay for infrastructure. Democrats want to give local governments the chance to change monuments, including Civil War memorials. Republicans say that won’t happen this year.
Beaufort Republican Sen. Tom Davis says the flag’s removal shows the two sides can work together
Orangeburg Democratic Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter says she will give her Republican colleagues a month to reach out.