$105M more for schools approved in SC’s $6B budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s schools are in line to get $105 million to head off teacher furloughs and cuts. The state Senate added the money to the state’s $6 billion budget Wednesday after a daylong debate on the spending plan for the next fiscal year. The state’s revenue forecasting board last week added $210 million to the state’s budget because the economy is improving. The Senate had already agreed to put $100 million of that new revenue into a break on unemployment taxes for businesses that have fired workers. But a group of Republican senators opposed spending $105 million on schools. They unsuccessfully argued the money should be used to increase the business tax break, be returned to taxpayers as a rebate or spent reducing state debt. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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