Final $5 billion budget expected to head to SC gov

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators are expected to approve a final version of a nearly $5 billion spending plan that reduces state support for health care programs.

The House and Senate are expected Wednesday to vote on compromises worked out last week. That would put the proposed budget on Gov. Mark Sanford's desk for him to consider for vetoes.

Legislator leaders have worried that the compromise spending plan may not have enough support to get that far or that there won't be enough votes to override expected vetoes.

The bill reduces spending for Medicaid and prescription drug programs.

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