General Assembly passes state budget

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s lawmakers passed the state’s roughly $7 billion budget.

Both chambers returned Tuesday to vote on a budget agreement worked out in marathon negotiations last weekend. The budget now heads for Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk. Once it’s in her hands, Haley has five working days to veto appropriations.

Lawmakers then will have the opportunity to override vetoes.

Lawmakers failed to pass a budget during the six-month regular session, flirting with a government shutdown when money ran out at the end of the fiscal year this month. But lawmakers voted to continue funding at current levels through July 24 in case they had not reached a deal by July 1.