By a narrow 57-54 margin, the S.C. House Wednesday morning narrowly approved a $6 billion budget for the state’s fiscal year that starts July 1.
Democrats and Tea Party-minded Republicans voting against the bill.
Democrats objected the final general fund budget compromise, worked out by House and state Senate budget negotiators, did not include a Senate proposal for more generous spending on public schools.
The Senate would have added $105 million for school districts from $210 million in better-than-expected tax collections. The compromise plan adds $56 million for schools, spending the balance, $146 million, on relief for businesses facing higher unemployment insurance rates.
However, Tea Party-minded Republicans, including state Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Richland, expressed concern about the size of the spending plan and the growth in state spending.