SC legislators patching budget with federal cash

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Federal bailout cash is filling holes in South Carolina's budget and heading off steep spending cuts in care programs for the state's poor and disabled.

The budget that legislators resume debate on Tuesday in the House leaves plenty of questions. For instance the $5 billion state spending plan that depends on more than $737 million in federal budget bailout money to keep programs running.

Legislators say they'll enter the 2012 fiscal year in July 2011 with a shortfall of more than $1 billion.

Legislators are expected to debate a variety of proposals to head that problem off with a variety of tax law changes.

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