This morning, the state budget and control board wrestled with how to fund the agency it heads.The overall board helps and audits other state agencies and has been cut $25 million in the governors budget vetoes.
Now the board has to decide where that money will come from. Today the state’s financial leaders gave the governor and Board Director Frank Fusco the authority to decide those cuts.
And Gov. Mark Sanford did not take that charge lightly, saying:
This is going to be painful politically– I got it. I think it puts y’all in a good spot in that you can say “My hands are clean, that the governor dealt with it with the executive director of the Budget and Control Board.” I get the political dynamic here. At the end of the day, I’m trying to do y’all a favor. I’m gone and it’s going to be a horrendous budget year next year. I mean, truly scary. And so the easiest thing of all for this administration would be to say, “Not my problem; y’a’ll deal with it.” We’re will to bite the bullet on this..and take the political heat that will come with it.
Senate Finance Chair Hugh Leatherman is asking the governor to show him where the money is and where it will be saved. Sanford, in his veto letter indicated that there is money to keep the agency solvent, even after vetoeing $314 million in general fund spending.