Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) -- State lawmakers say they're still confident they will hammer out a budget, but no one can say when.
"Just rest assured South Carolina will have a budget and those pay raises that teachers want and the schools and everything else we've agreed on that and I think we'll be there at the end of the day, just don't know what day it will be, but everything will be just fine," said Rep. Brian White, an Anderson County Republican and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
So far a conference committee of three senators and three house member have not been able to reach a compromise.
The the state's $6.7 billion budget would normally go into effect on July 1 but now lawmakers have worked out an agreement to allow the state to continue to run on the current year's budget until a budget is in place.
"This is my 38th year, and we've had 37 budgets before now, and I would predict that we also reach an accort before July 1st on this budget and the state of south carolina will go forward and the government will not shut down," said Sen. John Land, a Clarendon County Democrat.
Lawmakers have not been able to come together on an income tax break for small business owners. They're still working on the amount and how to distribute the $22.5 million dollars.
Once an agreement is reached, lawmakers say it could take about a day to print out all the documents before they can vote.
Governor Haley will then have up to five days to veto parts of the budget, which lawmakers could then override.
Some house members say even if a budget is passed soon, it could still be August before they return to begin that veto process.