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S.C. Budget Weathers Pandemic Storm

The S.C. House of Representatives
Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

The S.C. House of Representatives will soon begin debate on next year’s state spending plan.  The proposed $9.8 Billion budget contains just $188 Million in projected new revenue down from an expected over $800 million.  But it does include new funding for education, teacher salary bumps, and state prisons.

Unsure about the state’s economy because of the pandemic, lawmakers last year voted to just continue that year’s budget thus freezing state spending.  

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter calls the new, proposed spending plan a pandemic budget.

But it now appears the state will end-up seeing a sizeable increase in projected tax revenue despite the pandemic.

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.