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McCoy Statement on Passage of House Budget
McCoy Highlights Port Dredging, Tax Relief, Reserve Funding, Teacher Pay Raises

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Columbia, SC - Following the unanimous vote to approve the 2012-2013 state budget, State Representative Peter McCoy (R-Charleston) released the following statement:

"Today, my colleagues and I were able to achieve something Washington can only dream of doing: balance a budget, cap government spending, and cut taxes! In a bipartisan manner, we were able to fund our core services and eliminate wasteful spending. I am proud to have successfully fought for the dredging of the Port of Charleston. This project is imperative to get our neighbors back to work and grow our economy. And being the husband of a former public school teacher and the son of two other public school teachers, I know how important it is to send money directly to our state's classrooms. With today's budget, we were able to send our students the resources they need and raise pay for our deserving teachers."

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The House passed the budget by a vote of 115-0.

Included in the budget is more than $600 million in tax relief, $180 million to dredge the Port of Charleston, and the ability to cover teacher raises.