The proposed state budget will be debated on the full Senate after staffers work through the details.
South Carolina lawmakers have kept their budget plan to around $5 billion, though the state operated with a $7 bill spending plan two years ago. The way some agencies stayed afloat was with charging fees and fines and selling licenses. This year, the Senate saw that revenue source and increased many of the costs.
Those include : $12 more for car registration fees paid every two years, $5 more for watercraft and upping fishing and hunting licenses by $2.
The State Department of Environmental Control avoided fee increases.
Those alone won’t cover a $600 million budget shortfall, of course, and as written, would be temporary. The bulk of the money saved would come from cuts to agencies—amounting to about $59 million. However, Senate staffers are left with working out the details.
Senate leaders, right now, are saying the budget will be introduced to the full chamber the week of April 26.