SC House passes 2013-14 budget compromise

SC House passes 2013-14 budget compromise


Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The House barely passed a legislative compromise on how to spend $6.7 billion in state taxes.

The chamber voted 54-52 Wednesday on the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Whether the state has a budget by then could depend on the Senate, where debate on the spending proposal continued.

Only one House Democrat voted for the plan. Democrats protested three major issues: tax credits for private school tuition, Republicans' refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the federal health care law, and the lack of a cost-of-living increase for state employees.

Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler told his colleagues he disagrees with aspects, too. But he says he supports the budget overall, pointing out it expands full-day 4-year-old kindergarten and provides money to fix roads and bridges.

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