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Sunday, December 28, 2008

SC elderly, kids losing as budget cuts deepen

South Carolina's senior citizens may find it harder to stay in their homes, public school class sizes could get bigger and more public employees will likely lose their jobs as state agencies deal with the latest in a series of budget cuts that this week reached $1 billion.

It's part of the fallout of a sputtering economy that's only getting worse.

The latest cuts, ordered Thursday under the threat of a disastrous unemployment rate expected to hit the state next year, slashed $383 million from the now roughly $6 billion budget.

Agencies and universities that announced hiring freezes, layoffs, furloughs and service cuts earlier in the year said Friday that deeper cuts are being planned. Many, including the departments of Public Safety and Health and Environmental Control were still figuring out how to move forward. read more...

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