Legislators resume negotiations on state budget for 2015-16

The South Carolina Statehouse. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina legislators are resuming budget negotiations in hopes of having a spending plan in place before the fiscal year starts July 1.

A six-member committee of House and Senate members meets Friday morning to try to work out a compromise for allocating more than $7 billion in state taxes.

The Senate on Thursday approved a bill spending roughly $300 million in additional revenue that was certified May 29 as available. That meant the final piece of the overall budget package could be sent to the conference committee, allowing negotiations to resume.

The committee decided last week it was futile to hash out a plan on the main budget with two surplus spending bills still unresolved.

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The Senate’s plan puts $70 million more toward roadwork than the House plan.