- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Here’s a look at how the House Ways and Means Committee proposes spending $302 million of additional general fund revenue that state economic advisers certified last week as available to spend in 2015-16:

-$150 million as a one-time distribution to counties to repair existing roads.

-$70 million to Commerce to pay for part of the infrastructure promised to Volvo for its future plant in Berkeley County.

-$50 million to the state’s Medicaid agency to cover part of rising health care costs to the existing system.

-$23.5 million to provide state employees a one-time bonus of $800. The budget contains no cost-of-living pay increase.

-$6.1 million for defense lawyers for suspects who can’t afford to hire their own.

-$2.6 million to the Department of Social Services’ child support enforcement system.

The committee unanimously passed the supplemental budget bill Monday. The House is expected to debate it on the floor when legislators return June 16 for a special session.



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