- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley issued 76 line-item vetoes Thursday that strike $18.5 million from the Legislature’s $7 billion spending plan for state taxes. The Legislature will hold a special session next week to vote on whether to uphold the vetoes. Nineteen have no price tag. Others would cut:

-$122,500 for four additional archivists at the Department of Archives and History

-$37,945 for a program coordinator at the Department of Natural Resources

-$405,000 for six new positions with Clemson University’s extension services (four separate vetoes)

-$160,000 for four program coordinators at the Human Affairs Commission

-$1 million to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to promote “undiscovered South Carolina” (two separate vetoes)

-$1.1 million for a new grant program for local law enforcement (two separate vetoes)

-$100,000 to the Palmetto Project, which was supposed to help children eligible for Medicaid enroll through school.

-$150,000 of lottery money to Southern Methodist College

-$150,000 of lottery money to Clinton Junior College

-$150,000 of lottery money to Coker College

-$300,000 to the Lowcountry Graduate Center

-$400,000 to the Capital IT-oLogy Coursepower Project, a six-course college minor in applied computing

-$50,000 to the South Carolina Artisans Center in Walterboro

-$200,000 to the State Museum for acquisitions

-$150,000 to the Greenville Children’s Museum

-$250,000 to the Woodrow Wilson Family Home in Columbia

-$75,000 to the town of Eastover for a historic site

-$200,000 for the Walhalla Civic Auditorium

-$100,000 to the South Carolina Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach

-$250,000 to Sea Haven in Myrtle Beach, which provides temporary shelter for homeless youth ages 13-21

-$100,000 to the Charles Lea Center in Spartanburg, which provides residential and day services for people with disabilities

-$400,000 to the Centers for Fathers and Families which offers programs for unwed dads

-$500,000 for the Horry-Georgetown Evacuation Route. $4 million is provided for its plan and design elsewhere in the budget

-$220,000 to the University of South Carolina to pay for artifacts now on loan that were excavated from Parris Island

-$570,000 to the Department of Natural Resources for a drill rig and water truck

-$1.1 million to the Department of Natural Resources for the Waddell Mariculture Center in Beaufort County

-$1 million to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to fund other parks

-$2 million to the Office on Aging for caregivers who help seniors live in their homes independently

-$350,000 for the Department of Commerce to distribute to local community development groups

-$100,000 to the Sea Grants Consortium for stormwater research

-$250,000 for Lake Ashwood in Bishopville

-$150,000 for Lake Paul Wallace in Bennettsville

-$150,000 for the Palmetto Trail

-$100,000 for the Francis Marion Trail

-$2 million for a grant program for youth sports groups

-$400,000 for international marketing of South Carolina’s coastal tourist destinations

-$300,000 for football exhibition games

-$100,000 to the South Carolina Equine Park in Camden

-$200,000 for the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston

-$50,000 for a fire department near Jones Gap State Park in Greenville County

-$75,000 to host the Carolina Panthers’ training camp in Spartanburg

-$150,000 to market the Black Expo in Columbia, Charleston and Upstate

-$200,000 to help build a entertainment and sports complex in Spartanburg County

-$750,000 to New Carolina, a nonprofit that promotes business clusters in South Carolina

-$60,000 to the Columbia Minority Business Development Agency, which Haley says is run by a for-profit company

-$600,000 for a railroad spur at the intersection of Interstates 95 and 26, which Haley says is already built

-$100,000 for a facility in Marion County to provide adult education and technical training

-$750,000 for an industrial park near Darlington

-$300,000 for utility lines to be attached to the new Fripp Island bridge in Beaufort County

-$150,000 for roof repair at the Cherry Grove Future Farmers of America Camp in North Myrtle Beach

-$100,000 for a public swimming pool in Walhalla that meets disability laws

-$200,000 for a playground in Myrtle Beach for people with disabilities

-$150,000 for asbestos abatement at the city of Laurens

-allowing legislators a $12,000 yearly increase in their stipend for in-district expenses. The veto cuts no money, because the money is not on a separate line. The budget requires the raises to be paid from within the House’s and Senate’s budgets.

Source: Gov. Nikki Haley’s office


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