SC House passes 2013-14 budget compromise

The House barely passed a legislative compromise on how to spend $6.7 billion in state taxes.

The chamber voted 54-52 Wednesday on the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. 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 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.