After much attention and talk about a shrinking budget this year, legislators will finally move to take it up this week.
Three weeks ago, a House committee passed a draft budget for the upcoming year. Legislators made up for a more than seven hundred million dollar shortfall in the General Fund with cuts to education, Medicaid, and state colleges. This week, the entire House will take up the recommendations.
It will be a long week for legislators, who meet in Columbia Monday– a day earlier than normal. House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston) warned members from out of town to bring enough clothes to last them through the weekend.
Legislators voted Thursday to put the debate on special order. That means they will make crafting the budget a top priority this week, and will not address any other major legislation until they are finished.
The House is scheduled to furlough itself next week, but Harrell told members they would come in March 21 if the budget was not finished by this weekend.
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