Civil rights, other groups protest SC budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Representatives of civil rights, labor, religious and professional groups are holding a rally at the Statehouse in Columbia to protest state budget cuts.

Organizers say representatives from about 70 groups representing as many as 1 million South Carolinians are attending the Saturday rally.

The groups say they want lawmakers to pass what they call a moral budget. They say needed programs are being cut to close the state budget gap when the answer is more revenue through fair tax reform.

The Tax Realignment Commission reported last year the state is missing out on millions of dollars in revenue because of special interest tax breaks, exemptions, deductions and credits.

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