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:
- $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
- $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’s 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.