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S.C. General Assembly to Address State Budget Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

File photo of the S.C. Senate in session
Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

This year’s session of the SC General Assembly was interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak back in March before lawmakers were able to approve next year’s state operating budget.

So, they plan to return to Columbia for a couple of days this week to pass a resolution to continue the current year’s budget beyond the end of the state fiscal year on June 30th.

Legislative leaders hope to meet again in September to enact a new budget.  By then they should have a better idea of just how much of an impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the state’s economy.

Russ McKinney has 30 years of experience in radio news and public affairs. He is a former broadcast news reporter in Spartanburg, Columbia and Atlanta. He served as Press Secretary to former S.C. Governor Dick Riley for two terms, and for 20 years was the chief public affairs officer for the University of South Carolina.