COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — Some years it took the South Carolina House of Representatives a few days to debate its budget plan, this year it took a day.
By a vote of 107 to 8, the House passed the nearly $14 billion spending plan. Thanks to the tax surplus and federal relief, lawmakers had extra money to work with.
“We proved Biggie Smalls wrong. “Mo” money, no problems “when it comes to budget,” House Ways and Means chairman Murrell Smith (R-Sumter) said on the floor.
It includes 3% raises for state employees and a one-time bonus of $1,500. The starting salary for teachers would also be increased to $40,000 statewide.
Law enforcement officers and state corrections officers would also see pay increases under the plan depending on which agency they are with.
House leaders said the budget focuses on the four Rs: “Reserves, relief, roads and increases.”
The debate on the spending plan lasted a day. Rep. Smith said, “We moved the budget forward quickly because everyone had an opportunity to be heard throughout the process. Our Ways and Means Committee operates through open doors and collaboration, and that is how this body operates as well. »
The budget is now headed to the Senate where they will spend the next few months working on it.