Palmetto Sunrise: Agreement on state budget emerges

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s budget writers finally reached an agreement on the state’s roughly $7 billion budget.

The group met Saturday morning and spent the entire day through Sunday morning working behind the scenes, according to The State. As the day turned to night, lobbyists slowly disappeared as they waited for the committee to meet. When they finally did, it was 3:30 a.m.

State lawmakers now have to return to approve the budget, so that they can send it to Gov. Nikki Haley. A date has not been announced yet. Haley will have five days, not including Sundays, to veto anything she doesn’t like.

It’s unlikely that the budget approval process will be done by the start of the fiscal year on July 1. But both chambers have approved a resolution that keeps the government funded a current levels through July 24.

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