Gov. Mark Sanford today released what might be his last executive budget. His $5.84 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2010-11 suggests cuts to Department of Transportation and Health and Human Services, some of it based on funds that will run out this year anyway.
The governor’s published document, over an inch and a half thick, outlines his spending priorities for what Sanford describes as core government functions such as education, public safety, economic development, natural resources and health care. In the past seven years, Sanford says his budget has sometimes been used as a “doorstop” but this time the General Assembly may take into account his suggestions.
Today, the governor placed great emphasis –and worry– over one-time federal funding and stimulus money that will as he says “evaporate,” making it difficult to budget for an already tough economic year.