During the five-month session, there’s a lot the General Assembly works on. While many things we do are crucial, such as electing judges, confirming gubernatorial appointments and passing laws, the most important piece of legislation we take up every year is the state budget.

Having been appointed to the Ways and Means Committee back in December, I am now able to be involved in this process more directly than in years past. As discussed in previous editorials, this process often starts before the Legislature officially begins session at the end of January and usually runs through most of our session. The House will pass its version of the budget, and send it over to the Senate, which is working on its version of the budget. Here are the major points we tackled with our first draft of the budget that has passed the House.

Republican Brandon Newton represents District 45 in the S.C. House of Representatives.

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