SC legislative leaders discuss cuts from budget

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Cutting high school sports, conservation efforts and crimes investigated by state law enforcement are all possibilities in the looming state budget crisis.

Legislative leaders are negotiating on how to slash hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's $7 billion budget. Their work follows a move by the state's economic advisers to cut revenue projections by an additional $415 million.

Legislators have yet to set a date for when they'll return to Columbia to make targeted budget cuts. They say it's likely to happen within the next few weeks.

Gov. Mark Sanford has asked agency leaders to submit lists to him by Friday evening with their suggestions on the least painful ways to cut their spending plans. As of Thursday, about 25 agencies had turned in their lists.

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