Lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted to override Gov. Haley’s vetoes of the SC Arts Commission and Sea Grants Consortium budgets, so those two agencies will be able to reopen. Representatives have also overridden vetoes of the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Certificate of Need program, as well as two education programs. Lawmakers did sustain one veto of the EPSCOR program, which helps SC universities get federal research funding. Gov. Haley is currently 1-5 on successful vetoes.
Representatives have also voted to override vetoes of million in teacher salary raises, as well as .5 million for the Judicial Department’s technological services. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-York), the only lawmaker to vote against teacher raises, hasn’t been this out of line since being busted for using illegal immigrant labor!
Gov. Haley’s record on vetoes is currently 6-11. The controversial veto of rape crisis center funding won’t come up until veto #51, so it might be a while.
Lawmakers have voted 89-23 to override Gov. Haley’s veto of 0,000 in new funding for arts grants, which means both of the governor’s arts vetoes have been overridden. They also voted to sustain vetoes of Capitol Complex garage security, the Lake Paul Wallace Authority and the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s vital records keeping. Currently 13 of Gov. Haley’s vetoes have been sustained, while 11 have been overridden.
State representatives voted unanimously (111-0) to override Gov. Haley’s veto of nearly half a million dollars in funding for South Carolina’s 15 rape crisis centers. In response, the governor posted on Facebook, “It’s wrong and another loophole for legislators and special interests to use.”
Because in Bizarro World, rape victims are considered special interests… Unlike companies like Boeing and Walmart, right guys?
Lawmakers also voted 88-22 to override the veto of 200K in AIDS prevention and treatment funding. With such wide majorities in the House, it’s hard to see how senators could vote to sustain those vetoes tomorrow.
Well, the House is finally done with the budget vetoes. Representatives overturned about 55% of Gov. Haley’s vetoes, including all of the major issues like arts funding, funding for rape crisis centers, and raises for teachers.
It’s a great day in South Carolina!
Senators are largely voting to override the vetoes sent to them by the House, including both vetoes related to the SC Arts Commission as well as ten million dollars for teacher raises. Only three vetoes sustained by the Senate, subsequent re-votes have resulted in the veto being overridden.
During a discussion of the governor’s veto of half a million dollars in Arts Commission grant funding, Republican Sens. Tom Davis and Greg Ryberg seemed convinced that if the state stops funding the arts, individuals will suddenly wake up and start funding it themselves. GOP Sen. Lee Bright added that the state doesn’t give money to churches, but there’s one on every corner.
We’re not sure about that argument, given that churches get plenty of money in tax breaks…
Gov. Haley held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the legislature’s response to her budget vetoes. Here’s the video:
Senators voted 39-2 to override Gov. Haley’s veto of nearly half a million dollars in funding for rape crisis centers. Senators Lee Bright and Kevin Bryant were the only ones who voted to sustain the veto. Incidentally, Sen. Bright’s telephone number is 864-978-9522 and Sen. Bryant’s 864-202-8394, if you’d like to call up the senators and ask why they voted against funding for rape victims.