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Haley vetoes $18.5 million from state budget

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed $18.5 million from the Legislature’s $7 billion spending plan for the coming year, including money for caregivers to the elderly.

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Haley announced her 76 vetoes Thursday. That compares with 81 vetoes tallying $94 million last year, 81 vetoes worth $67.5 million in 2012, and 34 totaling $213 million in 2011 – her first year in office. Haley said the amount is far less this year because she and the Republican-led Legislature worked much better together.

“You will not see nearly as much vetoed in this because we didn’t have near as many problems with each other,” Haley said.

Vetoes include $2 million from the lieutenant governor’s Office on Aging for services that help seniors live independently in their own homes rather than in more expensive nursing homes, which taxpayers fund through Medicaid. Haley said there’s legitimacy in the program, but that the agency is growing too fast. Even after her veto, she said, the office gets nearly $13 million next year from the state, compared with $4.5 million four years ago.

“I don’t disagree with the fact that it may save people money longer,” but that should be analyzed, she said.

The veto for caregivers tied for the largest among the 76. Haley also vetoed $2 million that creates a grant program for youth sports, saying state government has no business using taxpayers’ money to fund soccer teams.

She also chastised legislators for giving themselves a pay raise. The budget provides them an additional $1,000 monthly for in-district expenses, doubling the stipend that hasn’t changed since 1995 to $24,000 yearly. The provision also increases their pensions.

“I don’t fault legislators for wanting a pay raise,” said Haley, a three-term House member before becoming governor. “This is not the way to do it. This is not the time to do it.”

She suggested legislators ask voters whether they should get a raise.

For the first time, Haley struck nothing from an accompanying budget bill that designates money unused from this year’s rainy day fund. Haley signed off Wednesday on the $115 million in capital reserve spending.

Also unlike previous years, Haley did not wipe out funding for the Arts Commission. In 2012, her vetoes temporarily shut down it and another small agency until the Legislature returned to Columbia and overrode them. The Legislature completed its work so late then that the vetoes came out after the fiscal year started.

Haley said she didn’t eliminate the commission this year because it made changes that saved money, though that doesn’t correspond to her previous objections. In the past, she has said the arts are not a government function and should be fully funded by private donations.

She also did not strike a legislative compromise to censure two public colleges, despite disagreeing with it. The budget requires the College of Charleston to spend at least $52,000 and the University of South Carolina Upstate to spend $17,000 on teaching the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers. Those amounts correspond with what the colleges say they spent on books dealing with homosexuality that were assigned for freshmen reading programs. The House wanted to cut that money from the colleges’ budgets.

“I don’t believe legislators should micromanage our boards. They elect board members, so if they want to beat up on them, go for it… but to go in there and micromanage books being read, I think that’s out of our purview,” Haley said. However, since legislators spent so much energy on the compromise, “we just didn’t want to interject ourselves in that.”

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corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 11:33 pm
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Vetoes include $2 million

Vetoes include $2 million from the lieutenant governor’s Office on "Aging for services that help seniors live independently in their own homes rather than in more expensive nursing homes, which taxpayers fund through Medicaid. Haley said there’s legitimacy in the program, but that the agency is growing too fast. Even after her veto, she said, the office gets nearly $13 million next year from the state, compared with $4.5 million four years ago."

How DARE people get older and sicker faster than Nikki Haley thinks they should!

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 11:35 pm
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And that from a state that

And that from a state that actively promotes and wants retirees to live there!

cush1944
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cush1944 06/13/14 - 08:18 am
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"And that from a state that

"And that from a state that actively promotes and wants retirees to live there!"
"Aging for services that help seniors live independently in their own homes rather than in more expensive nursing homes, which taxpayers fund through Medicaid."
HA, HA, I find your statement humorous corgimom. The state is NOT promoting retirees on Medicaid to retire here but then if you are on Medicaid you cannot move some place and to retire. It is obvious you will fabricate any story to discredit our great governor.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/13/14 - 11:39 am
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If you are on Medicaid, you

If you are on Medicaid, you most certainly can move to some place and retire, people do it all the time to be near their families.

And many adult children, when their parents need nursing home care and live out of state, move them close by so that they can watch over them in the nursing home.

Why would you think that they couldn't move?

I don't have to fabricate anything, but since you think Nikki Haley is so great, tell her to pave I-20, your great governor needs to know that it's a disgrace.

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jimmymac 06/13/14 - 01:10 pm
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20 is a mess all right but not just in SC. They've announced a re paving project for several sections of 20 in SC. Haley has requested a chunk of money for road repair in the state but she's saddled with a gas tax that hasn't been raised in many years and is among the lowest in the country. People can't have it both ways. Either raise the gas tax or quit whining about the roads. Augusta's main drag Broad street is in desperate need of re paving why no complaining about thar.

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ELLIOTTMESS55 06/13/14 - 02:21 pm
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haley will be removed in the next election,unfortunately, we don't have anyone but sheheen to run,and he is too laid back,never campaigns,so few know who he is.we have no good candidates,and haley works for the Koch bros,and anyone else who she thinks will further her career.she is a loser,but we are a loser state anyway you look at it.

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