COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina teachers and state employees plan to gather this weekend to launch a campaign advocating for competitive pay and better benefits.

The South Carolina Education Association and the South Carolina State Employees Association will host a rally and mobilization news conference Saturday morning on the north lawn of the Statehouse.

Organizers say they want to send a message to lawmakers that there is a major problem with low wages in the state that needs immediate attention, and organizers have the support of more than 20 organizations that also plan to attend.

The state's budget plan for next fiscal year has yet to be finalized but lawmakers from the House and the Senate are proposing a pay raise for teachers, but disagree on the amount.