Georgia might get $20 million of SC's rejected stimulus money

Thursday, April 2, 2009 11:38 AM
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The state of Georgia would receive a $20.2 million portion of South Carolina's federal stimulus money if S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford decides to reject the $700 million alotted to his state.

The $20 million would be on top of the $1.5 billion already designated for Georgia as part of the Stimulus Stabilization Funds, according to the S.C. Senate Finance Committee.

This afternoon Sanford will hold a press conference to address the stimulus stalemate that has pitted him and some legislative allies against members of the General Assembly who say the state desperately needs the money. Sanford has said he would only accept the money if it would be used to pay down the state's debt.

Of the $700 million alotted for South Carolina, about 82 percent would have to be spent on education and the rest is discretionary, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence.

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double_standard
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double_standard 04/02/09 - 10:50 am
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Well Sanford is going to pay

Well Sanford is going to pay GA the money back for the I-20 project.

77777
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77777 04/02/09 - 11:13 am
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Sanford, Sanford, Sanford...I

Sanford, Sanford, Sanford...I know this stimulus money is a bad idea for the national debt, etc..However, everyone, no matter what state, is going to pay for this money for a very long time, and also our children. At the very least, the money that we are paying back should be used in our own state. I just do not understand politics. I mean the entire reason that this country is in the state we are in is a result of politics, and I mean both parties.

Rose
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Rose 04/02/09 - 11:18 am
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Sanford thinks if he turns

Sanford thinks if he turns down the money that he will be our next President. haha. What a joke! Go ahead Sanford. more money for Georgia.

ps2313
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ps2313 04/02/09 - 11:20 am
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Maybe now State employees can

Maybe now State employees can receive a raise.

WClark40
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WClark40 04/02/09 - 11:27 am
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The Idea of politicians being

The Idea of politicians being servants of the citizenry died with Strom Thurmond.What you have now in Columbia is naked ambition in its full glory.South Carolinians deserve someone who is for South Carolina.Not all for themselves.Sanford is water over the dam now.But next time around take a good hard look at who your'e electing. His antics are a glaring display of what you don't won't in your elected officials.

toldya
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toldya 04/02/09 - 11:51 am
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I think the President should,

I think the President should, if the SC Governor decides to reject the money- take that money SC was suppose to get, and divide it equally amongst the taxpayers of that state.Sanford is an idiot

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/02/09 - 11:56 am
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Sanford has higher

Sanford has higher aspirations than just being governor. He certainly isn't looking out for the citizens of South Carolina. Being a Republican is a wonderful thing, but you must remember that there are citizens who are victims of this economy, I made an anology on another posting on another article as to politicians being akin to television evangelists who are constantly asking you to send money, but the whole time they are living a lifestyle of opulence. Just because things are going well in the statehouse, and there is no shortage of food, and you have healthcare, and the mansion does not leak, there are those of your constituency who are experiencing those problems, through no faullt of their own. If yhou look out for them, whether they be republican or democrat, you will get anywhere you want.

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justthefacts 04/02/09 - 12:34 pm
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Sanford said he would take

Sanford said he would take the money if he could use it to pay of debt. What is wrong with paying off debt and therefore having the luxury of lower taxes?

noway
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noway 04/02/09 - 12:49 pm
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what's the point of paying

what's the point of paying the debt when your schools are failing, or failed, you have the 2nd lowest unemployment in the country...shall I go on? Sanford is an idiot. I feel horrible for all of the South Carolinians sanford is not representing.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/02/09 - 01:30 pm
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Well, I don't know how to

Well, I don't know how to respond to that question. What is the point of paying off debt??!! I mean, are you kidding me.

What5
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What5 04/02/09 - 01:48 pm
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why pay it off Obama will

why pay it off Obama will forgive it

JENASIX
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JENASIX 04/02/09 - 01:53 pm
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Republicans are so far to the

Republicans are so far to the left and out of touch with people values. These are the ignorant,bigtory things this party do and when the American people wake up and see the Republicans only care about lowering taxes for the wealthly. So I hope South Carolinans and Georgians think twice before electing another Republican for governor because they all have the same agenda and travel down the same Road to Know Were.

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palomino9 04/02/09 - 01:53 pm
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Great, Sanford is giving away

Great, Sanford is giving away millions meant to be used for SC education. Guess now SC will move below GA and MS in education achievement. Way to go Sanford. The wannabe president is an idiot, and this will come back to haunt him when he runs for president.

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lostmymind 04/02/09 - 01:57 pm
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2nd LOWEST unemployment in

2nd LOWEST unemployment in the country....are you a moron? can you not read, or is it you just can't type Noway? paying down debt is not a bad idea, if we didn't have debt then maybe we could spend more on our school system. i don't agree with Obama in spending this much money nor do i agree with Sanford not wanting to take the money. Obama is gonna spend, why not take it!!!!!

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justsaying 04/02/09 - 01:58 pm
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Strom Thurmond a public

Strom Thurmond a public servant?...only if he knew yall's good ol boy grandaddy...he let SC slip in education, and did nothing to improve poverty level conditions for most of the state (except of course Edgefield)...

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RU4Real 04/02/09 - 03:46 pm
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If South Carolina trully had

If South Carolina trully had the 2nd lowest unemployment, then this whole discussion would be moot. The fact is we have the 2nd highest (worst) unemployment rate. We have 3rd lowest rated education. But more importantly, the highest percentage of idiots as politicans.

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Motorman5039 04/02/09 - 03:55 pm
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If Sanford is ignorant enough

If Sanford is ignorant enough to turn it down Purdue is smart enough to take his portion of it... Political grandstanding at the expense of SC citizens....Oh well, good luck with that...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/02/09 - 04:00 pm
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I would suspect that the

I would suspect that the education ranking and the unemployment rankings have direct correlation. If we stop bailing these losers out, they will either get an education and therefore a job or they will starve to death. Either way, no reason why educated and productive people should have to foot the bill.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 04/02/09 - 05:30 pm
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LOL...GO MARK...these folke

LOL...GO MARK...these folke are to stupid.......

metalhead
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metalhead 04/02/09 - 07:15 pm
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Is English taught at SC

Is English taught at SC State?

Phish
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Phish 04/02/09 - 08:21 pm
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We have no doubt at all as to

We have no doubt at all as to the level of your education!!

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KSL 04/02/09 - 09:07 pm
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Latoya Taylor. Your spoken

Latoya Taylor. Your spoken and written English should have been taught to you correctly before you left GA to come to SC for college. Mine was taught to me by GA schools. What happened to you?

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SHOCKER1 04/02/09 - 10:16 pm
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So frustrating! Especially

So frustrating! Especially for those of us who teach in SC and are about to face SEVERE budget cuts!

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Lp_J 04/02/09 - 10:24 pm
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mark please run because you

mark please run because you will be the souths next great failure sc your loss is georgia's gain know wonder south carolina is amoung the bottom in education wow and this man want's to run for president wow go sc oh maybe you and sonny can retire together please do

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