Sanford ordered to take funding

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South Carolina's Supreme Court ordered Gov. Mark Sanford on Thursday to request $700 million in federal stimulus money aimed primarily at struggling schools, ending months of wrangling with legislators who accused him of playing politics with people's lives.

WHAT THE COURT SAID: The unanimous court ruling said the governor had no say in the matter. "At this stage in the process, the Governor certainly has no discretion to make a contradictory decision on behalf of the State," the ruling said. "He has no discretion concerning the appropriation of funds."

WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAID: Mr. Sanford said he will not appeal the Supreme Court ruling and plans to sign paperwork to request the money Monday.

Mr. Sanford on Thursday lamented what he said was a decision that underscores how the little power governors of the state have is ceded to the Legislature.

"In South Carolina, in many ways, we don't have three branches of government. We have only one," he said. "If you put too much power in one place, not many good things happen."

WHAT EDUCATORS SAID: Educators quickly hailed the court decision, but noted that they had already suffered deep budget cuts and wouldn't be able to fully recover even with the stimulus money.

BUDGET HOLES REMAIN: In-state college students will still pay more in tuition -- between 7 and 17 percent higher at the Medical University of South Carolina, for example -- and while 500 teaching jobs will be saved, hundreds of others won't be. Full story/8A

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justus4 06/05/09 - 05:25 am
"Not many good things happen"

"Not many good things happen" Well, that a new development. So now, a sitting governor now thinks that the governing structure of his state is not adequate...and this guy thinks he can be president. This legislative loss is nothing compared to an electorial defeat when he runs in 2012.

jackfruitpaper833 06/05/09 - 06:02 am
Then give up your seat and

Then give up your seat and don't run for another office. Hogging the spot light trying to be somebody nationally.

hurlyburly11 06/05/09 - 08:17 am

"WHAT EDUCATORS SAID: Educators quickly hailed the court decision, but noted that they had already suffered deep budget cuts and wouldn't be able to fully recover even with the stimulus money.".........Exactly!!! Georgia took the money and look at them?????? This Porkulous money has not helped any one in any State.....down the drain!!...Spot on Mark...oh yeah we will see you aware ..and be ready!!

Jonas 06/05/09 - 04:04 pm
Jackfruitpaper833 my friend

Jackfruitpaper833 my friend that is the comment of the year. You nailed that little runt with that comment.

LCC0256 06/05/09 - 09:45 pm
Gov Sanford is a dying breed

Gov Sanford is a dying breed of politician that stands up for what he believes in no matter the sirens of hateful despicable rhetoric coming from the anti-Christian democrat party... Against the democrat/socialist party he is a shining light confronting the inevitable marxist take over of this country. This is so sad to think that the majority of people in this country do not have a clue who Marx or Engels were or have even READ THE US CONSTITUTION...Those ignorant of history are truly doomed to repeat it's mistakes...

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