COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A proposal to put an extra $105 million in
public school budgets has won a key test in the South Carolina
Senators on Wednesday agreed on a 38-8 vote to debate the
proposal as they wrap up work on a $6 billion spending plan for the
fiscal year that begins July 1.
Some of the eight Republicans voting against the measure said
the money would be better spent on tax breaks, paying down state
debt or setting aside as reserve cash.
Republican Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman of
Florence supported the school spending and argued it should prompt
local governments to cut taxes on businesses. But Republican Sen.
Lee Bright of Spartanburg said there was no guarantee that would
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