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— A House budget panel on Thursday released its first draft of repair and maintenance projects that could be covered by a nearly $500 million borrowing plan. More than half of the money raised through bonds would go towards colleges and universities, which say they have a massive backlog in repair and maintenance needs. The plan also included $30 million to buy new school buses, plus more than $200 million to various other state agency capital needs.
The measure must still pass the overall House and Senate. A similar plan derailed last year after Gov. Nikki Haley threatened a veto due to the large amounts of borrowing involved. Gov. Henry McMaster has not made a similar threat.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman State Rep. Brian White, R-Anderson, said the package could not meet the agency’s entire requests although he hopes to propose another such bill in another few years.
“We did wind up going up more (than originally planned) because there was a ton of need,” he told committee members Thursday. [Read more…]