- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators will continue working into the weekend in hopes of having a budget in place before the fiscal year starts July 1.

A six-member committee of House and Senate members meets again Saturday to try to reach a compromise on allocating more than $7 billion in state taxes.

The Senate approved a bill Thursday spending more than $300 million in additional revenue certified May 29 as available. That meant the final piece of the overall budget package could be sent to the conference committee, allowing negotiations to resume.

An agreement Saturday would allow the full Legislature to approve the compromise early next week. That would give Gov. Nikki Haley time to issue her vetoes before July 1, avoiding the need for a continuing resolution to keep government running.

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