Haley vetoes nearly $100M from SC's $5.7B budget

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley issued 81 vetoes worth more than $94 million from the state's spending plan, but retained money for a program championed by her likely rival in the 2014 governor's race.

Haley chose Tuesday to keep $26 million to expand full-day 4-year-old kindergarten. Haley says she doesn't support the Legislature's plan, but she backs the goal of getting children in high poverty areas ready for school and is willing to see if this approach works.

The program was backed by Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

Other vetoes included more than $2 million to health care concerns like the Colon Cancer Prevention Network and the organ donor registry. Haley says they are good causes but the state shouldn't pick specific ones to fund.

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