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The S.C. House unanimously passed a $600 million annual income tax cut Wednesday with less than 15 minutes of discussion. After five years, the proposal would cut $1 billion annually from state coffers. Now the bill goes to the state Senate. The discussion on Wednesday was mostly by Democrats praising the idea. Democratic Rep. David Weeks of Sumter said: “This is the best thing since sliced bread for the working man in South Carolina.” The House plan cuts the state’s top income tax rate from 7% to 6% over the next six years, a plan tied to economic growth. All other taxpayers would be combined into a 3% bracket. More: AP News, The Post and Courier, WSPA, WLTX

In other headlines:

S.C. House budget proposal bumps starting teacher salary. A proposal approved Wednesday by House budget writers would start every state public school teacher at $40,000 a year, a jump from the $36,000 minimum salary. The move comes as the state works to allocate an additional $4.6 billion it has to spend this year. State employees could also see a pay increase and bonus this year. More: The State, The Post and Courier

S.C. Senate passes hands-free cell phone bill. The state Senate has passed the second of three readings of a bill that bans drivers from holding a cellphone while the vehicle is in motion or face a $100 fine. The bill faces a routine vote before heading to the House, which has failed to pass similar bills in recent years. More: AP News

Family of man who died in S.C. jail push for hate crime bill. Jamal Sutherland’s parents appeared Wednesday with members of the Black Legislative Caucus in an effort to urge state lawmakers to pass a hate crimes law and a bill specifying excessive force by police officers as illegal. More: AP News, The Post and Courier

Vendors fully booked as 2022 boasts wedding boom. Charleston calligrapher Emilie Dulles, owner of Dulles Design, said her work can take weeks and sometimes months to complete — work that is strained as weddings regains steam nationwide. She is one of many wedding vendors who say they are having trouble filling demand. More: The New York Times

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