Gov. Sanford makes bid to use stimulus money for school debt

COLUMBIA — Rebuffed once, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is making a second bid to use $700 million in federal stimulus cash for debt payments — but this time for school construction.

This morning's request by the governor to the White House comes a day after the Obama administration told Mr. Sanford the cash is intended to spare jobs and educate children.

The administration denied permission to use the money to pay down other state obligations.

Mr. Sanford's new request seeks approval to use federal cash to repay $577 million in school bonds. He says the cash would free up millions in debt payments. The rest would be used to repay other debt.

Mr. Sanford's letter reiterates criticism of Democrats for airing ads in South Carolina slamming the governor for his stimulus plans.

 

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