Lamakers Continue to Debate State Budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) –South Carolina legislators are resuming work on a compromise version of the state’s proposed $6 billion spending plan. A meeting Monday would be the third for the budget conference committee. The biggest challenge for the panel is splitting $210 million between schools and a business tax break. The Senate had split the cash nearly evenly with $105 million going to per student spending and $100 million into a bailout for businesses complaining about higher unemployment taxes. The House increased the business tax break by $46 million and cut the school spending. The Legislature returns Tuesday for a two-week wrap-up session that includes finishing budget work and redrawing election district lines. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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