SC Senate passes state budget Tuesday

SC Senate passes state budget Tuesday

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The SC Senate has passed the state budget by a vote of 40 to 2 Tuesday afternoon.

Lawmakers voted on a compromised version of an $8 billion state budget Tuesday. Last week a legislative panel made up of House and Senate lawmakers signed off on a budget for next year.

The $8 billion measure contains no raises for most state workers, although law enforcement agencies would get more money to reduce turnover. The bill also provides nearly $29 million to buy new school buses, including some rear-engine models that have been prone to overheating and fires.

Gov. Henry McMaster could veto all or parts of the bill.

Lawmakers could come back again this summer to consider any vetoes if McMaster rejects major sections of the spending plan.

Otherwise, lawmakers don't plan to return until January.

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