Lawmakers pass $4.9B state budget

On Thursday afternoon, South Carolina lawmakers approved a $4.9 billion state budget that brings state spending back to 1998 levels.

Legislators were so divided over the budget that the House and Senate had to each vote twice on the budget before it passed.

The final vote came just minutes before the Legislature's 5 p.m. deadline.

So, where is the money going? The Post and Courier has broken down the winners and losers and in the winners bracket are Medicaid patients, public safety and state troopers and the state's Judicial branch of government. The losers in the deal are Charleston schools, which was assigned a $7 million cut, the Department of Social Services and people suffering from HIV and AIDS.

Head over to The Post and Courier for an in-depth article on yesterday's vote.

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