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SC Legislature Focuses On Budget Cuts

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By: Erica Montgomery

Posted: 10:10 AM 3/4/2010

South Carolina state school Superintendent Jim Rex told legislators Wednesday that education budget cuts will cost the jobs of hundreds more teachers and increase class sizes in the state.

A South Carolina House is putting together the state's budget that starts July 1.  The current plan would cut school funding by an additional six percent, returning state spending to 1995 rates.  The cuts, being faced by most state agencies, are being made because of a continuing drop in state income. 

Rex told a Senate Finance committee that there were no good options left.  He compared the proposals to a person choosing whether to cut off their arms or legs.

Rex stressed that senators should find ways to raise money, rather than just cutting services.  Rex says raising the state's cigarette tax $0.07 to the national average of $1.34 is an option that could raise money for education and avoid requiring teachers to take five days off without pay.




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