Gov. Haley's vetoes eliminates 2 SC agencies, teacher pay raises
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes include wiping out two agencies in an unprecedented move that puts 38 people in limbo.
Haley's vetoes remove all funding for the state Arts Commission and Sea Grant Consortium. The small agencies were slated to receive a combined $2.4 million in state money out of the Legislature's $6.7 billion budget plan. Federal money for the agencies was wiped out too.
Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said the elimination of agencies five days into a fiscal year creates an unprecedented situation. He told their directors not to incur any more expenses.
Haley eliminated funding for both agencies last year too. But the Legislature overrode those vetoes before the fiscal year started.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell is calling legislators back July 17 to consider overrides.
Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed 74 items total in the Legislature's $6.7 billion budget and seven items in a separate bill spending $100 million from a rainy-day account that wasn't needed. They would remove a combined $67.5 million. A sampling:
$10.1 million to support teacher pay raises
$10 million transferred from the national mortgage settlement to Commerce for closing deals
$3 million fund for rural infrastructure projects; Haley notes it has $20 million in the bank
$1.9 million for the Arts Commission
$500,000 in Arts Commission grants
$1.5 million for technology for the Judicial Department
$1.2 million toward boosting enrollment at the Governor's School of Science & Math
$1.25 million for construction at the Governor's School for Arts & Humanities
$750,000 for window replacement at Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School
$600,000 for State Farmers Market operations
$500,000 for Department of Agriculture to market SC-grown products
$454,000 for SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
$428,000 for Sea Grant Consortium
$300,000 for North Myrtle Beach historical museum
$250,000 for Charles Lea Center for the disabled
$200,000 to buy land to preserve Mitchelville, nation's first community of freed slaves
$200,000 for Southeastern Wildlife Exposition marketing
$200,000 for SC Center for Fathers and Families
$200,000 for DHEC's head lice program that provides schools with special shampoos
$200,000 for AIDS Drug Assistance Program through DHEC
$200,000 for technology upgrades at John de la Howe School
$183,000 for Writing Improvement Network
$155,869 for SC Geographic Alliance
$100,000 for fire station in Andrews
$100,000 for technology upgrade at the University Center of Greenville
$100,000 for kidney disease early evaluation
$100,000 for James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation
$100,000 for hemophilia assistance program
$100,000 for Women In Unity
$100,000 for Patriot Park environmental pavilion
$75,000 for security equipment at the Statehouse parking garage
$35,000 for Callen-Lacey Center for Children
$30,000 for Irmo Veterans Park
Source: The governor's office