SC House approves compromise $6B spending plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators narrowly approved a compromise $6 billion state budget that cuts Medicaid spending and gives businesses an unemployment tax break.

The House approved the proposed budget spending with a 57-54 vote. It then approved spending from an unneeded reserve account with a 76-37 vote.

The Senate still has to approve the final compromise before it gets sent to the governor.

The spending plan locks in reductions in state Medicaid spending that include reducing payments to doctors and hospitals by at least $125 million. Critics say that threatens jobs and care for the elderly, disabled and poor.

The proposed budget also gives $146 million in a bailout to businesses who complained that their unemployment taxes were too high.

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