Challenges Loom in Fight with S.C. Gov. on Stimulus
South Carolina legislators will either be heading to court or overriding an anticipated veto to force Gov. Mark Sanford to request $350 million in federal stimulus cash.
During the next couple of weeks, the House and Senate will develop a compromise version of the budget and send it to Sanford, who has a record of issuing hundreds of vetoes and of vetoing the entire budget.
South Carolina agencies and programs stand to see $2.8 billion during the next two years from the $787 billion federal stimulus law. Sanford controls about $700 million of that, or $350 million yearly. But Sanford, who has spent months railing against the stimulus law, has spent weeks on TV and writing to newspaper opinion pages explaining his view that money should be used to reduce state debt. It's an idea the White...
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