Governor: Revenue Estimates a Reminder of Need for Targeted Cuts
Following today's decision by the Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) to leave current shortfall estimates unchanged, Governor Sanford again urged state lawmakers to not cut all agencies equally, and instead to make targeted cuts in the face of declining state revenues.
Yesterday, Gov. Sanford and Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom voted against three percent across-the-board cuts ordered by Sen. Hugh Leatherman, Rep. Dan Cooper, and Treasurer Converse Chellis - a majority of the state Budget and Control Board. The governor said the cuts failed to differentiate between agencies that had been good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and those that had not.
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Across-the-board cuts also fail to protect core government functions like education and law enforcement, while holding harmless programs like the Competitive Grants program, which recently paid out $100,000 to bring German politicians to Myrtle Beach on holiday.
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"While today's BEA projections certainly are a confirmation of the consequences of growing government faster than our state's ability to pay for it, we think across-the-board cuts are the absolute wrong way to go about addressing our state's budget shortfall," Gov. Sanford said. "What these across-the-board cuts in fact imply is that our state's budget writers think it's more important to bring German politicians to our state on the taxpayer dime than it is to educate our state's students or staff our state's prisons. As well, the cuts are an attempt to avoid making the tough choices that come with growing government by 40 percent over three years, thinking it will never catch up with you.
"There seems to be a divide between some in leadership positions who want to handle this budget shortfall in the way it's always been done, and the more fiscally conservative members of the legislative body who agree with importance of targets cuts - and I'd encourage them to make their voices heard to those in leadership."
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