SC spending plan could cut almost 2,300 jobs

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina agencies say planned spending cuts will eliminate nearly 2,300 jobs.

House members on Tuesday were briefed on the $5 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. It was their first detailed look at how state agencies will handle more than $337 million in cuts.

Agencies are considering eliminating 2,287 regular, temporary and contract jobs. That includes 1,000 Department of Disabilities and Special Needs workers.

The state has more than 62,000 regular, full-time workers. Many of those would be affected by unpaid furloughs.

Legislators hope that the U.S. Senate and House will agree on plans to send more money to struggling states before they debate the budget next week. That could head off deep cuts in health care programs.

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