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      SC board bucks lawmakers, raises worker premiums

      South Carolina's public employees and retirees will pay more for their health care next year after all, despite legislators passing a budget that covered premium hikes.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's public employees and retirees will pay more for their health care next year after all, despite legislators passing a budget that covered premium hikes.

      The Budget and Control Board voted 3-2 Wednesday to split the cost of the increase between workers and their employers. Both will pay 4.6 percent more Jan. 1.

      On average, agencies will pay an extra $19 monthly, while employees and retirees will pay $7 more.

      The move bucks the budget. Legislators agreed to fully fund the public employees' premium increase, to ensure they saw raises in their take-home pay. That called for a 6.37 percent increase in contributions funded by taxpayers.

      But Gov. Nikki Haley, Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and Treasurer Curtis Loftis wanted the split. The panel's two legislative leaders voted against it.

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