Haley issues 35 budget vetoes
Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:28:02 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley issued vetoes Tuesday on the state's nearly $22 billion spending plan.
Haley vetoed measures that would have covered part of the costs of the high-stakes, first-in-the-South 2012 Republican presidential primary.
The Republican governor's vetoes Tuesday were expected. She had told legislators in March not to use taxpayer money to cover the cost of a political contest that the state GOP should cover.
State GOP Chairman Chad Connelly says the party will raise money to put on the contest that the state Election Commission estimates will cost more than $1 million.
The party already has collected $160,000 from filing fees and expects more from candidates who want to take part.
Haley also issued other vetoes, totaling 35, blocking state funding for public television, the state Arts Commission and $56 million for schools.
The move is expected to save $213 million. They are the first issued since she took office in January.Related Stories Compromise spending plan would slightly grow state budget Compromise reached on state budget State legislators return to finish budget, redistricting
Legislators need to muster two-thirds votes in the House and Senate to override a governor's vetoes.
If the vetoes hold, South Carolina ETV and the Arts Commission could still raise money or get federal funding, but not state tax dollars.
Click here to see an agency by agency breakdown of the budget.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)