Governor Nikki Haley today announced her decision to veto 34 line-items and provisos in the state budget and the Capital Reserve Appropriations Joint Resolution in its entirety. The governor's vetoes total just over $213 million. Video of the governor's state budget veto media briefing is available online, and the governor's veto messages are attached.
Gov. Haley said, "Approaching the General Fund vetoes and going forward in our administration, you are going to find that we are living within our means. Just like every business and household lives within its means, South Carolina government from this day forward is going to live within its means. What we have done is gone and set a cap. We found expenditures that we needed to cut; we found out that it wasn't the core function of government. The next thing that we looked at was the Capital Reserve Fund. Three out of the last four years we tapped into the Capital Reserve Fund, and two out of those three years we not only spent the Capital Reserve Fund but we went beyond that. What we want to do is realize those were tough economic times. Now, we want to make sure that we allow ourselves to acquire reserves and save money -- mid-year budget cuts, furloughs and relying on stimulus dollars will be a thing of South Carolina's past."