House budget leader: Farmers need help to survive floods

Published: Dec. 23, 2015 at 11:18 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee says he wants to reassure South Carolina farmers devastated by October's flooding disaster that the Legislature will help them out.
Chairman Brian White says lawmakers must help farmers survive crop losses estimated at $376 million. But he is not yet proposing a specific amount for the state to pay.
The Anderson Republican says he will push for a Palmetto Farm Aid bill when the legislative session resumes in January.
Earlier this month, hundreds of farmers packed the Statehouse to beg Gov. Nikki Haley to ask for federal money to offset losses.
But the Republican governor has refused to seek the aid, saying farmers already have federally subsidized flood insurance.
Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers says insurance payments won't come close to covering losses.

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