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Haley's budget shows decrease in education funding

Gov. Nikki Haley says her proposed budget for the next fiscal year increases money for public schools. But a closer look shows her recommendations would actually decrease state funding by nearly $80 million.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley says her proposed budget for the next fiscal year increases money for public schools. But a closer look shows her recommendations would actually decrease state funding by nearly $80 million.


The Republican governor is correct only by disregarding some pots of money. Her proposal represents an increase in recurring money for K-12 schools, when factoring in all state revenue sources -- chiefly, the penny of the state sales tax that goes directly to education programs.


However, Haley's proposal eliminates anything funded this school year with one-time money.


That includes $56 million legislators added to the budget to boost a key funding source that pays primarily for teacher salaries -- money they added over her veto.


The full House budget-writing committee will begin debating the budget this week.


(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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