House approves budget compromise for 2014-15

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Legislature's compromise on its budget plan for 2014-15 would expand full-day 4-year-old kindergarten, maintain aid to local governments and provide state workers a 2 percent pay raise.

The House voted 85-28 Wednesday on a compromise worked out between the chairmen of the House and Senate's budget-writing committees.

If the Senate agrees, the budget could head to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk before the legislative session ends Thursday.

The Senate wanted to expand the state program for at-risk 4-year-olds to 14 additional districts. The compromise expands access to seven instead.

The compromise provides $10 million for a consultant's recommended cyber-security upgrades and $18 million for new school buses.

Legislators also get a pay raise. Unless they choose to opt out, they'll get an additional $1,000 monthly for local expenses.

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