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Jun 9, 2023

South Carolina Senate and House reach budget deal 1 day after tense meeting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House members and senators reached an agreement on the state’s $13 billion budget Thursday, barely 24 hours after a tense meeting where both sides appeared to be out of patience. Thursday’s meeting was all smiles and jokes. The key sticking point — how much money to give Clemson University […]

Jun 6, 2023

South Carolina House, Senate say they’re still working on budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first public meeting in 18 days of a conference committee trying to work out a budget deal between the South Carolina House and Senate showed no sign of getting closer to a deal on the state’s $13 billion spending plan set to start July 1. The two main budget lawmakers […]

May 25, 2023

Empty House chamber tells story as South Carolina lawmakers can’t agree on budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Flush with extra money to spend, South Carolina’s House and Senate still haven’t reached a deal on the state’s $13 billion spending plan set to start July 1. While no one is talking publicly about what is causing the delay, an obvious sign of problems came Wednesday, when House Speaker Murrell […]

Mar 15, 2022

Done in a day: S.C. House sprints through $14B budget

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina House approved the state’s $14 billion budget in one day with little debate over big ticket items and knocking aside smaller changes like stricter abortion rules or worries about whether a state health card could be used as a COVID-19 vaccine passport. The House voted 108-7 late Monday to […]

Mar 14, 2022

SC House to start budget debate; billion-dollar split looms

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina House will begin debate on the state’s $14 billion budget Monday, but one billion-dollar bit of business probably won’t get settled until well into the spring. With an unprecedented amount of money to spend between the booming economy boosted by federal stimulus money and cash lawmakers saved over the […]

Feb 25, 2022

SC House’s $14 billion budget provides raises for almost all

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House budget writers want to send raises to teachers, state employees and law enforcement, build new schools and a state health lab and buy more body cameras and bulletproof vests for police officers. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the state’s $14 billion spending plan Thursday, sending the plan to […]

Mar 11, 2020

House rejects raises for all state workers; OKs $10B budget

South Carolina House Democrats warned their Republican colleagues who killed proposals Tuesday to give state employees an across-the-board raise that they are going to keep losing good workers. They also hinted those remaining may decide they’ve had enough and take a page from teachers by rallying on a work day. The $10 billion budget which […]

May 16, 2018

SC lawmakers return to work to finalize state budget

COLUMBIA (AP) A committee of South Carolina lawmakers has returned to the Statehouse to finalize their proposed $8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. Members of the House and Senate held a joint committee meeting May 15, a few days after the General Assembly adjourned their 2018 regular session. During the brief meeting, […]

Apr 27, 2018

South Carolina House split along party lines on budget

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina House members say they are divided along party lines on how to allocate money for the next fiscal year. The chamber adjourned April 26 after hours of debate on an amendment to the Senate’s $8 billion budget introduced by Republican Rep. Brian White. House Democrats said colleagues need to allocate more money […]

Feb 26, 2016

Budget proposal includes flood relief for farmers, tax cuts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A $7.5 billion budget proposal sent Thursday to the House floor provides $40 million to flood-devastated farmers, cuts income taxes by $130 million and designates $250 million for road projects. The Ways and Means Committee’s spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 incorporates more than $1 billion in additional […]

Jun 8, 2015

SC’s fiscal year to start without a state budget

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina will almost certainly start the fiscal year July 1 without a budget. A six-member committee of House and Senate members concluded Monday that it’s futile to try to get a compromise on the main budget bill with two other, supplemental spending bills unresolved. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman says […]

Mar 11, 2015

SC House votes to study state employee salaries

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina House has approved studying state employees’ salaries, with legislators of both parties saying some are paid far too little. The House voted 89-12 Wednesday on a budget amendment spending up to $300,000 for the first such study in 20 years. Republican Rep. Mike Pitts of Laurens says state law […]

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