Wednesday, June 19, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Legislature has passed a compromise on how to spend $6.7 billion in state taxes.
The plan squeaked by the House with a 54-52 vote Wednesday. The Senate then voted 39-5 for the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Only two House Democrats voted for the plan. Democrats protested three major issues: tax credits for private school tuition, Republicans' refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility, and no cost-of-living increase for state employees.
Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler said he disagrees with aspects, too. But he encouraged passage, pointing out it expands full-day 4-year-old kindergarten and provides money to fix roads and bridges.
The $6.7 billion spending plan includes $106 million from this year's rainy day fund. Both chambers also passed a separate bill designating that money.
(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)