Tea party says budget votes can cost Senate seats

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tea party activists say that South Carolina lawmakers who have resumed debate on a $6 billion state spending plan could lose their jobs if they vote to spend too much. Lexington tea party activist Talbert Black said during a Statehouse news conference Tuesday that lawmakers need to cut spending the same way families have cut back during the recession. Black said if legislators don’t spend less than last year, they should expect to see opposition at election time. The president of the South Carolina Policy Council said if legislators have extra money they should be giving it back to taxpayers. State senators resumed debate on the budget after the activists spoke. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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