The governor and the state budget board have agreed to allow two departments to come up with their own budget solutions- for the short term.
The new Department of Corrections Director Bill Byars has been allowed to begin his work —in the red– until he can determine how to fix the agency’s spending issues. The board put off a decision until the next meeting when Judge Bill Byars can make a report after a month in his new position. He is scheduled to begin at SCDC this Thursday.
Also, the office that oversees Medicaid for the state has been allowed to function at $100 million deficit – with instructions to make improvements before asking for more.
Haley told Tony Keck, her new HHS director that this “can’t happen again.”
The governor has also requested that capital improvements requested for colleges be halted for now. The board allowed two building repairs at MUSC that were threats to student safety. The rest will have to wait. The governor says she is working with state colleges to fashion new spending plans and she asks the institutions to “be patient.”