COLUMBIA — The South Carolina House is furloughing itself next week.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell said the House will not meet for its normal Tuesday through Thursday schedule next week. The week off comes before debate on the budget starts in the full House Ways and Means Committee.

The House also will not meet the weeks before and after Easter, which falls on April 8 this year.

Each week of furlough for House members saves taxpayers about $50,000 in mileage reimbursement and pay for meals and lodging. The House took five furlough weeks in 2009 and four in 2010 to trim spending during the recession. It took two weeks off last year.

The Legislature’s January-to-June session is scheduled to end June 7.