Sanford questions SC lawmakers' spending plans

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COLUMBIA — Gov. Mark Sanford says South Carolina legislators are wasting money and avoiding government streamlining in a $5.7 billion state spending plan.

Sanford said today this week is the last chance citizens will be able to bring pressure on legislators before the budget hits his desk. He expects the Senate will go along this week with changes in the budget the House is making that include using $350 million in federal stimulus cash despite Sanford's objections.

The governor questioned spending on a new Capitol Police Force, moving the Aeronautics Commission out of his control and rejecting efforts to cut mileage reimbursement rates.

House budget committee Chairman Dan Cooper of Piedmont expects to offer a final version of the budget Tuesday.

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patriciathomas 05/11/09 - 03:07 pm
Let's hope Sanford forces the

Let's hope Sanford forces the congress to override a veto. Intelligent S.C. voters see the trap of being owned by the federal government. Look how Obama is overriding the California moderated settlement with the medical unions. Obama now says he'll withhold 7 billion in "stimulus" money if the settlement isn't overturned in favor of the unions.

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