SC budget debate turns to sales, cigarette taxes

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators expect to spend a chunk of the day debating higher sales and cigarette taxes.

Wednesday's debate comes as legislators try to wrap up discussions on a $5 billion spending plan.

Already more than 30 proposals are up for debate to raise the state's cigarette tax by as much as $1.10 cents a pack. The current tax of 7 cents a pack is the nation's lowest.

Democrat state Rep. Anton Gunn of Columbia has proposed eliminating all sales tax exemptions in a proposal that would raise more than $1 billion.

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