South Carolina House GOP focusing on education, tax reforms

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's House Republicans are planning to focus their agenda for the coming legislative session on reforms in education and tax systems.

House Majority Leader Gary Simrill told The Associated Press on Monday more accountability is needed in the funding of the state's public education system.

He says there also needs to be a better plan for funding the state's higher education system rather than money coming in part from the state lottery.

Simrill said Republicans also plan to prioritize reform of the state tax system.

Lawmakers spent much of last session on finding ways to protect consumers after a costly nuclear construction debacle left South Carolinians billions of dollars out of pocket. They return in January for the 2019 session.


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