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Lawmakers OK state budget

Jun 4, 2010 12:31:00 AM - thestate.com

In the final half-hour of a nearly six-month session, the General Assembly put its controversial 2010 budget on the books Thursday, capping a final day of wrangling over a $5.1 billion spending plan that made virtually no one happy.

State and local government, education, health care, and nearly everything else funded with public dollars took hits this year.

With dollars few and tempers at times on edge, the Legislature managed to approve a plan that lessened the potential negative impact on schools in small and rural counties in South Carolina.

Two years ago, the state budget flew high at more than $7 billion, and the lurch to adjust to a new fiscal reality was evident almost everywhere at the State House.

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