SC House upholds more than 50 budget vetoes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has upheld more than 50 vetoes that will lead to hundreds of layoffs.

The House's nearly 15-hour debate on Gov. Mark Sanford's 107 vetoes wrapped up early Thursday.

The upheld vetoes cut roughly $50 million from the state's nearly $5 billion spending plan. Legislators also agreed to ax the entire, $214 million section to be paid with money that still needs congressional approval.

Technical colleges, forest firefighters, public libraries, and educational TV were among items spared the budget ax. Those that weren't include research programs designed to create jobs, help for rural areas and consumer protection services.

The agency that runs much of the state's bureaucracy was decimated with a $29 million cut.

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