BUSES' PURCHASE PROSPECTS * USA - Lawmakers may renege on school buses
Senators allocate insufficient funds to meet legislative goal set last year
Greenville,SC,USA -The Greenville News -2 May 2008: -- Faced with a budget shortfall, Senate lawmakers plan to replace only 133 school buses -- well short of the roughly 380 buses lawmakers committed to replace annually... It turns out that nothing binds lawmakers to the legislation they approved last year, which set a goal of replacing one-fifteenth of the 5,700-bus fleet every year. Senate lawmakers approved $10.6 million for buses. House lawmakers approved a more generous allocation of $30.4 million for buses, but that was before the shortfall was predicted... The General Assembly's goal last year was to replace buses after 15 years of operation. A total of 1,597 buses already are more than 15 years old...
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