Officials say SC budget fix in works

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina state representatives plan to use grant, research and Medicaid money to patch the state's budget and leave it up to agencies to decide how to handle spending cuts of up to 15 percent.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Cooper said Thursday that cuts will range from 3 percent to 15 percent as the Legislature patches a half billion dollar hole in the $7 billion budget. But lawmakers for the most part will not tell agencies what they need to cut.

Cooper says $10 million will come from a program aimed at university research and $8 million will come from a grants program Gov. Mark Sanford has criticized. Meanwhile the state Medicaid program will get a freer hand in using about $52 million it has in reserves.


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