COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - The House barely passed a legislative compromise on how to spend $6.7-billion in state taxes.
The chamber voted 54-to-52 Wednesday on the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.
Whether the state has a budget by then could depend on the Senate, where debate on the spending proposal continued.
Only two House Democrats voted for the plan.
Democrats protested three major issues: tax credits for private school tuition, Republicans' refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility, and the lack of a cost-of-living increase for state employees.
More than a dozen Republicans voted "no."
Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler of Lexington County told his colleagues he disagrees with aspects, too.
But he says he supports the budget overall, pointing out it expands full-day 4-year-old kindergarten and provides money to fix roads and bridges.