Legislative panel approves compromise on $8B spending plan

Columbia, SC (AP)- A South Carolina legislative panel has approved a budget compromise that begins shoring up the state pension system, spends $55 million to upgrade K-12 schools, and provides $68 million for Hurricane Matthew cleanup costs.

The agreement reached late Wednesday on a roughly $8 billion spending plan for state taxes ends weeks of negotiation.

The Legislature is expected to return for a special session next week to approve the compromise.

Grants to help repair dilapidated schools in high-poverty districts will come three years after the state Supreme Court ordered legislators to improve opportunities for students in poor, rural districts.

The plan puts $150 million into shoring up the state pension system for public workers, following a law passed last month that increases employers' rates for the next six years.

 
 

 

© 2017 Associated Press


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment