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What was vetoed in budget? What stayed in?

On Wednesday, the South Carolina state legislature easily overrode all but 9 of Governor Nikki Haley’s 36 budget vetoes. The total savings were a little over $500,000.

Here is an explanation of each veto, followed by how the Legislature acted on it.

1.  Department of Education’s SAT Improvement Program ($169,487):  Designed to help schools better prepare students for SATs. Funding had already been suspended for the program via a budget proviso in a separate section of the budget.  House overruled, but Senate sustained.

Action: SUSTAINED

2.    Department of Education’s “High Schools That Work” Program ($1.4 million): Intended to help improve students’ transition from high school to college. Haley argued it duplicated programs already used in high schools and colleges. Legislature disagreed. Action: OVERRIDDEN

3.    ETV’s K-12 Teacher Training ($4.8 million): See story here.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

4.    ETV’s State & Local Training of Law Enforcement ($574,000): See story here.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

5.    Using unclaimed lottery prizes for school buses ($12.4 million): Proposed as a way to pay for badly-needed buses in the state’s aging fleet. Governor said the state should not buy new buses if it’s planning to privatize the fleet in the coming years. Legislature handily overrode her after learning Education Superintendent Mick Zais supported the funding.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

6.    Greenville Technical College—University Center ($594,390): Haley said it was duplication for the University Center (a consortium of several colleges) to tech the same classes they offered elsewhere. The Legislature worried this cut, when combined with Veto 7, would have shut the University Center down completely.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

7.    University Center of Greenville ($1 million): See Veto 6.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

8.    Lowcountry Graduate Center ($785, 099): Similar to University Center (see veto 6)

Action: OVERRIDDEN

9.    National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship funding ($118,297): Governor said schools should focus on teaching science and math, not teaching entrepreneurship through a non-profit group. House agreed in 59-52 vote.

Action: SUSTAINED

10.    Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR- $40,329):  Federal-state partnership that tries to expand science and engineering research by supporting college research programs. Governor said the state’s universities don’t need the incentives to start such programs. House agreed 58-52.

Action: SUSTAINED

11.    Total Higher Education Awareness Program ($179,856): Program promotes college to 8th graders. Governor said the colleges already recruit students heavily, and guidance counselors are required to promote college as part of their jobs. House agreed 62-50.

Action: SUSTAINED

12.    USC Small Business Development Center ($491,734): Helps train new owners of start-up companies. Governor said the services were already offered by Commerce Department and US Small Business Administration. However, legislators led by Rep. James Smith (D-Columbia) defended the program, saying it was a success that paid for itself.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

13.    Area Health Education Consortium ($3.6 million): Group of several state colleges that work together as way to train students to become health care professionals in rural and underserved areas. Governor said she wanted to keep that part of the program, but said other parts could be done by different state agencies and the private sector. Legislators fought against the cut, worried it could jeopardize the program entirely.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

14.    DHEC: “Certificate of Need” program: ($6.1 million): Essentially the approval process any hospital has to go through whenever it expands or buys new equipment. Gov. Haley and other lawmakers are often vocal in their criticism of the CoN process. However, lawmakers said a direct veto would have disastrous consequences for hospitals wanting to add new equipment unless a reformed system replaced it immediately.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

15.    Arts Commission ($3.6 million): See story here.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

16.    Clemson University’s Public Service Activities ($15.4 million):  School program that works with communities and agricultural industry on research. Governor said school possessed available resources to fund it on its own. Legislators pointed out Clemson, as a land-grant college, is required to have a PSA program.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

17.    Sea Grant Consortium ($6.9 million): Cooperative between different colleges that secures federal grants for coastal research projects. Governor said schools raise enough money to cover the Consortium’s costs, so state. funding was not necessary. Legislators, led by Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Florence) acknowledged the unusual structure, but said it was necessary for the schools to be eligible for federal money.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

18.    ETV: State and Local Training of Law Enforcement ($574,244): See Veto #3

Action: OVERRIDDEN

19.    Human Affairs Commission ($269,759): After the commission ran a deficit this year, Governor Haley said the Budget & Control Board offered them space in a state-owned building as a way to cut costs. Upset the commission turned down the request, the governor vetoed its administrative money. Legislators worried the commission would not be able to perform its core functions without the full funding

Action: OVERRIDDEN

20.    ETV: Coverage of Budget & Control Board meetings ($513,269): See Veto #3.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

21.    Budget & Control Board: State Revolving Funds ($1.6 million): Governor said there already was enough existing money in the fund to survive another year. The legislature disagreed.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

22.    Scholarships funded from Unclaimed Capital Credits (no fiscal impact): Changed by state law that passed after budget was originally proposed.

Action: SUSTAINED

23.    Economic Development using Unclaimed Capital Credits (no fiscal impact): Changed by state law that passed after budget was originally proposed

Action: SUSTAINED

24.    South Carolina Health Integrated Data Services (no fiscal impact): Statistical program that tracks health data across state. The vetoed proviso shifts it to the state health agency, DHEC, and out of the Budget & Control Board. Governor warned against using provisos to restructure state government, saying it should be done by law. Legislature mostly agreed, but said they had already given the money to DHEC and could not sustain the veto without completely defunding the program.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

25.    Emergency Response Task Force/ Urban Search and Rescue (no fiscal impact): Overseen by state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Haley said the agency had identified extra money it could use to fund the program.

Action: SUSTAINED

26.    State Treasurer: Audit Finding Follow-Up (no fiscal impact): Would have given power to State Treasurer to follow up on any audit findings conducted by the state government. Governor said the power already exists in three other state agencies. In addition, legislators were worried it was unconstitutional, since it gave Treasurer the ability to file lawsuits against other agencies.

Action: SUSTAINED

27.    Election Commission: Primary & General Election Carry-Forward Funding (no fiscal impact): Governor said state should not be funding individual party primaries. Legislators, nervous about whether the state GOP could raise the money this cycle, overruled her. Democrats, concerned about their own primary in 2016, voted with Republicans.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

28.    Election Commission: Presidential Preference Primary and Ballot Security (no fiscal impact): See veto #27.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

29.    Speed Camera Citations Restrictions: Governor vetoed because a new state law addressing the issue had already passed a few weeks earlier.

Action: SUSTAINED

30.    Conservation Bank funding from LLR: Although saying she’s supportive of conservation projects, governor was not happy funding came out of Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation carry-forward funds in a tight budget year. Legislators said, without that funding, the bank would not have an administrative staff.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

31. Excess Funding– Conservation Bank ($2 million): Governor said conservation is a luxury that should not use surplus revenue in a tight budget year, especially since a funding formula already exists for the bank. Legislature disagreed, saying it was currently underfunded. A handful of legislators were upset the first $2 million in surplus was going towards the bank, and not towards schools or transportation. However, it passed handily.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

32.    EFA Base Student Cost ($56 million): Added by the legislature after learning the state would raise higher revenue than originally predicted. Essentially provides more money for schools on a per-pupil basis. Governor was concerned the one-time money was being used for recurring expenses. Legislature said education funding was needed too badly this year.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

33.    Clemson PSA- Agency Operations ($250,000): See Veto #16.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

34.    DHEC- Donate Life: Non-profit that receives state money to help promote organ donations. Governor said it was not an appropriate use of state dollars, since the DMV already has such a program. However, legislators said the service puts a network in place that helped clean up the state’s organ donation network in the past few years. Senate originally sided with Haley, but three senators (Wes Hayes, Jake Knotts, and Vincent Sheheen) later defected to overrule her.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

35.    Dept. of Education: Increased Enforcement Collections ($20 million): When legislators changed the state’s Education Funding Act formula this year, it adversely affected some wealthier school districts. As a way to cushion the blow, the legislature agreed to set aside some additional money for those districts. Governor said it made no sense to create a new formula and then go around it. Legislators said districts were hit too hard to justify not helping.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

36.     Capital Reserve Fund ($107 million): Governor said state should not dip into reserves without allowing them to build back up first. Legislators said money was for one-time projects and deferred maintenance that had been held up by budget cuts in previous years.

Action: OVERRIDDEN

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