COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency said Monday that he realizes his preliminary budget calling for nearly $200 million more from state taxes in 2013-14 is likely an impossible request.

The increase would eat up all of the state's growth for the next fiscal year, according to long-term predictions issued last spring.

"We've already eaten up every single state dollar. Clearly, that's not going to fly," Department of Health and Human Services director Tony Keck told The Associated Press.

But Keck said he needed to be forthright with lawmakers in his report jumpstarting the budget process, which he'll discuss Wednesday during his quarterly update to a Senate panel. Gov. Nikki Haley will use it and other agencies' submissions to create her executive budget proposal, which Keck says will represent his official request. Her office did not comment directly on his report.

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