When Nikki Haley takes the reins of the state Budget and Control Board in January, they will have to acknowledge a $264 million deficit by the state’s Department of Corrections, Department of Social Services and Department of Health and Human Services.
You know, I appreciated that. I thought it was a nice gesture on their part to say that, you know, we’re not going to make a decision that the next administration is going to inherit. It’s not one that I choose to inherit or want, but I think it’s one that I will have to make a decision on.
When the board convenes for its January meeting, Haley will be leading the group through one of the state’s toughest budget years.
At least three agencies are operating at a deficit:
I will tell you deficits are not good policy. But at the same time, we are dealing with a situation that is not fum. So, they’ve just given me another point for my fiscal crisis task force to work on, and we will try and come up with the best decision by January.
The governor-elect says there are some hard choices ahead for the state budget:
We’re going to have to take cuts that are tough and cuts that are hard, but I think that’s what the people elected me to do. And I think that what I promise is that we will come out of this stronger than when we started. But what I need to do is control what I can. I’m not going to complain about the legislature. I’m going to look at the control, which is the cabinets.
The next state Budget and Control Board meeting is in January.