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 their premium hikes.

The Budget and Control Board voted 3-2 Wednesday to split the cost of the increase between workers and their employers, which include agencies, school districts and public colleges. Both workers and employers will pay 4.6 percent more starting Jan. 1.

The rare, surprise move bucks the 2012-13 fiscal year budget. Critics called it purely political.

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