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South Carolina

Rank: 10 (Previous Rank: 16)
Budget gap (as a % of the total budget): 11.70%
Total gap: $804 million
Gap before budget was approved: $250 million
Additional midyear gap: $554 million

With the economy weakening, state officials said that the $7 billion budget might need to be cut by a further $250 million. The state has already cut state university funding and programs for the elderly and disabled.