Democrats are fighting back in South Carolina, overriding Governor Nikki Haley's vetoes on crucial issues in state funding programs in education and healthcare. The funds used were not originally included in the budget and were excess funds. Democrats wanted to use the funds to restore funding to education and other programs that are vital to the future of state residents.
Haley broke a deal to fund South Carolina Educational Television by cutting millions from its budget and then further hampering state education with an estimated $56 million veto in educational spending.
Both parties were in favor of increasing state aid per child from 1,600 per student to 1,800 or 1,900 per student. Instead Haley showed she is out of sync with even her own party by vetoing the educational spending.
House and senate leaders came together this past Wednesday and voted to override the governor's vetoes, hoping to send a strong message to the governor that leaders and citizens of South Carolina care deeply about education and its pivotal role in the future of the state.
Along with primary and secondary educational fund spending, the newly elected governor also vetoed funding for higher education. In an era when a high school diploma is not enough education to make a livable wage, this veto would have further hurt a struggling lower and middle class by cutting funding to public schools-something the governor herself may not understand after spending her youth in private, college preparatory schools that specialize in preparing students for college success.
The house and senate members also restored funding to a program ran by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that reviews health care providers' plans to prevent service duplication and keep costs down for residents.
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