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Morning Buzz: Senators unveil roads plan, Guard armory group to debut

Maj. Marty Hanks looks at damaged ceiling tiles that are falling out of the National Guard armory in Greenwood on April.
Maj. Marty Hanks looks at damaged ceiling tiles that are falling out of the National Guard armory in Greenwood on April. mwalsh@thestate.com

GOP senators to unveil roads plan

S.C. Republican senators will unveil a roads plan at 9:30 a.m. in the second floor lobby of the State House. That plan will raise money to repair roads, reform the transportation department and have a tax cut, according to a news release. News of the proposal, means lawmakers could pass a proposal to repair the state's crumbling roads before going home in June.

S.C. Senate continuing budget talks

Senators will continue budget talks at 10 a.m. Thursday. S.C. senators adjourned again Wednesday without passing the $7 billion state general fund budget. A proposal for a $900 bonus to S.C. employees still lingers with state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg prepared to filibuster. Bright said any surplus money should go to roads instead of passing a gas tax increase.

Group to call for National Guard armory maintenance

Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, and Byron Williams, president of the National Guard Association of South Carolina, will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. in the State House first-floor lobby to launch the Stand With Our Guard Campaign. The effort will highlight maintenance needed at the state’s National Guard armories and call for support of a proposed bond bill to pay for the work. Smith is a major in the guard. Gov. Nikki Haley, whose husband also serves in the guard, has opposed the bond bill, saying lawmakers can find funding without having to borrow money.

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