Child advocates push for better health funding

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A child advocacy group that held a bake sale is giving $146.50 to Gov. Mark Sanford to drive home the point the state needs to do more to provide health care.

Focus on Kids said Tuesday their money is hardly enough to do anything. But organizer Sue Berkowitz says it should drive home the point that Sanford needs to at least allow an increase of 50 cents in the state's lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax to become law.

The Senate debates its version of a $5 billion state budget this week that would force spending cuts for schools and health care. State spending on public schools would drop to 1995 levels. The cuts would be worse without federal bailout cash.

Berkowitz says the state should consider restoring a sales tax on groceries.

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