Education Hit Hardest by South Carolina Governor's Veto Pen

A review of the governor’s budget vetoes shows the first-term Republican has vetoed $110 million worth of public education programs and services since 2011, vetoes that account for more than a quarter of the $419 million she has vetoed in state spending since 2011.
July 1, 2013
 

Of the nearly 200 budget vetoes Gov. Nikki Haley has issued during her three years as governor, no government service has been struck more than public education.

A review of the governor’s budget vetoes shows the first-term Republican has vetoed $110 million worth of public education programs and services since 2011, vetoes that account for more than a quarter of the $419 million she has vetoed in state spending since 2011.

This summer, as Haley prepares to launch her re-election campaign, she plans to announce an “education reform package” heading into the 2014 legislative session. It’s part of the education “conversation” she has been having with lawmakers and interested parties since her State of the State address in January.

But House and Senate lawmakers have overridden most of the money she has vetoed in education spending, raising questions about whether Haley can come to an agreement with the Legislature on meaningful reform.

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