Local teachers fight to override salary increase veto

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Lowcountry teachers met at the Charleston County Library Monday to protest Governor Nikki Haley's veto of $10 million dollars allocated for one-time funding for increased salaries.

Patrick Hayes, Director of the group, Restore Teacher Salaries, says the organization fought hard to get the money included in the budget.

"You know, teachers are doing the heavy lifting in this system," said Hayes, "And the last few years we have not been treated right. Yes we know there was a recession but teachers have bore the brunt of it in a way that other people have not."

Gov. Haley said she eliminated the funding because she supports responsible budget practices and can not endorse the use of non-recurring money to fund a salary increase they can't promise to reproduce in next year's budget.

State lawmakers will begin voting on those vetoes Tuesday. Hayes hopes Haley's veto is overturned.