Senator Vincent Sheheen and Governor Mark Sanford are on two different sides of the spectrum when it comes to education spending. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen says something needs to change in South Carolina’s education system or more teachers will lose their jobs.
We found out just yesterday that we are one of only a handful of states who will be denied our own tax dollars to help keep public school teachers on the job. It is an unbelievable example of the failed policies of Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley and the rest of the crew who has been running the state for the last eight years in South Carolina.
Governor Sanford disagrees, saying this issue goes back to how fundamentally flawed the stimulus program is.
We’re in a budget crutch, really tough times. What they are basically saying, the statute says: You’ve gotta spend next to $110 million that you don’t have, to get the $143 million. It continues us down this mistaken path that says the more you spend, the better you will get out of the situation. I think the numbers are proving to be the opposite.
Sheheen says the money is needed: “To take these types of dollars out of public schools is irresponsible, and it is hostile to public education.”
But, the governor says that’s not so.
What we are doing at a federal level with these stimulus packages is kicking the can down the road, but in the process, is accumulating very significant debts and very significant deficits.
Sheheen is running against Representative Nikki Haley in November to try and take Sanford’s place as governor.