Haley to explain vetoes in SC's $6.7B budget
Fri, 06 Jul 2012 09:48:16 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley has struck out 81 items from the Legislature's budget and a separate bill spending money from a rainy day account.
Items Haley wants removed from the budget include $10 million allocated to school districts to help boost teachers' salaries. Local projects she calls wasteful earmarks include money for a North Myrtle Beach museum, preserving African-American history sites in Charleston and preserving the nation's first community of freed slaves in Beaufort County.
Haley issued the vetoes late Thursday. She scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon to explain what she vetoed from lawmakers' $6.7 billion budget, as well as a bill designating $100 million from money set aside last year that wasn't needed.
Legislators will return to Columbia later to consider overriding her vetoes.