COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A close vote in the state House seems to indicate Gov. Nikki Haley will have more success this year with vetoes on the Legislature's budget proposal.
The Republican governor has until midnight Tuesday to issue her line-item strikes from the $6.7 billion plan. Her cuts face their first test in the House, which barely passed the compromise worked out by a House-Senate panel.
But legislative leaders contend the close vote came from a single issue: tax credits for private school tuition, an idea that has divided Republicans and rallied Democrats for a decade.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell's spokesman says last week's 54-52 vote doesn't serve as a litmus test for any veto override.
Still, House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister predicts Haley will succeed with vetoes of earmarks.