COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - A panel of state Senate and House members has approved a budget compromise that does not include a pay raise for state employees.
The conference committee adopted a tentative agreement late Monday for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.
Whether to give employees a 1% raise was among the final sticking points.
Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler of Lexington County says it means employees will see a reduction in their take-home pay, due to scheduled increases in their pension contributions.
Lawmakers say a compromise reached earlier Monday on infrastructure funding was critical for an overall budget agreement.
It could provide $800-million for road and bridge work across South Carolina through direct contributions, borrowing and federal matches.
The full House and Senate must agree to the compromises.
They're back in Columbia this week for a special session.