Lawmakers approve measure to keep government going

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A resolution that keeps South Carolina government running until a new budget is finished is heading to Gov. Nikki Haley.

The new budget year starts Sunday.

The House approved a budget compromise Thursday that provides most state employees a 3 percent pay raise. The Senate is expected to approve it later in the day.

But it's unlikely to take effect by midnight Saturday. The law gives Haley five days to issue her line-item vetoes. She's said the Legislature's inability to get its work done on time shouldn't shorten her allowed time.

The continuing resolution funds government at current levels. The Senate voted 30-2 Thursday morning to approve it, after amending it with a tax cut deal for small business owners. The House approved it unanimously an hour later.

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