SC committee plan would fix bridges, buy buses

      By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House budget-writing committee has tentatively approved spending $25 million on cyber-security, $60 million to fix bridges with load restrictions, and $10.5 million on new school buses.

      The Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday adopted sections of its budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1. Members will consider more budget clauses Thursday before voting on the overall plan.

      Spending agreements include what Republicans call their alternative to expanding Medicaid eligibility to more poor people, under the federal health care law. That plan includes reimbursing rural hospitals 100% of their costs for treating patients without health care and giving more money to health centers that care for poor people who don't qualify for Medicaid.

      The committee is expected to lay out more specifics on that Thursday.

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