The House approved a study on the pay of state constitutional officers, including the governor, treasurer and education superintendent.
House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, said he sponsored the budget amendment after seeing the pay for the state attorney general.
S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson earns $92,007 -- making him the 11th-highest paid state worker with the last name Wilson.
Six other state constitutional officers also get paid the same amount.
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The governor earns $106,078, while the lieutenant governor -- considered a part-time job -- makes $46,545
"You can't make it that so only the rich can run for office," Rutherford said. "You should not go into office to get rich, but you shouldn't go into office to go broke."