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BUDGET: House passes state budget

The South Carolina House of Representatives completed its work on the state budget today, Wednesday, March 13.

The House version of the budget includes the following specifically for Clemson University:

Clemson E&G

  • $3 million in recurring funding for the Center for Energy Systems at the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI)
  • $1 million in nonrecurring funding for Undergraduate Student Engagement Programs

Clemson PSA

  • $1 million in recurring funding for Advanced Plant Technology at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence
  • $3 million in nonrecurring funding for the Advanced Plant Technology Laboratory at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence
  • $500,000 in recurring funding for Precision Agriculture
  • $300,000 in recurring funding for the Veterinary Diagnostic Center at Livestock-Poultry Health in Columbia

$1.75 million in (EIA) in recurring funding for STEM education efforts in grades K-12 was also included for South Carolina‚Äôs Coalition for Science and Mathematics which is associated with Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science.

The state will absorb a 6.8 percent increase in the cost of health insurance for state employees, which is included in the House version of the budget. Under this plan, state employees would see a 20 percent co-pay increase.

The budget now goes to the Senate, where it will be referred to the Senate Finance Committee for deliberation.