SC House budget: Raises for public workers; no vaccine lotto

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South Carolina Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, asks lawmakers to put a $1,200 bonus for state workers making under $50,000 a year into the budget on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. The proposal failed. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has put its final touches on the state’s nearly $11 billion budget.

The spending plan for the year starting in July includes raises for teachers, law enforcement officers and nearly every state employee.

It fixes buildings at colleges and helps art centers and festivals hurt by social distancing. But it won’t include million-dollar drawings for people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Nor it will have a $1,200 pandemic bonus for state employees making under $50,000.

The Senate decided Tuesday it would not agree with the House changes to the budget, so a conference committee of senators and House members will meet next week to finalize the plan.

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