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      Budget debate scheduled to continue in SC Senate

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The budget debate in the South Carolina Senate enters week two.

      Senators are scheduled to resume discussions Tuesday on their state spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

      They have yet to tackle on the floor two issues expected to bring prolonged debate: Medicaid expansion and private school choice.

      Republican legislators have repeatedly refused Democrats' efforts to insert an expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the 2013-14 state budget. But Democrats promise to try again. The expansion called for in the federal health care overhaul would extend Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional poor adults in South Carolina.

      Proposals that use tax credits and deductions to help parents send their children to private schools have died repeatedly in the Legislature over the last decade.

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