AUGUSTA– Legislators in Augusta have reached a budget agreement. Just before 11:00 p.m. Monday, the House and Senate both voted in favor of an amendment from the conference committee.
This amendment would eliminate a $20 million lodging tax- a tax that the governor made clear he would veto if it wasn’t removed.
The agreement would remove the 1.5 percent lodging tax increase in exchange for $575,000 in funding to the educational Head Start program that will come out of the federal block grant for TANF, and make no further cuts to DHHS mental health services.
It has now been approved in the 4th – and hopefully last – conference meeting. It now goes back to the House and Senate for a final vote, and could be signed into law immediately after.
We will continue to update this story as it develops.