Governor Nikki Haley was on the road again Monday on her town hall tour. Monday night’s stop was Hilton Head, where Haley talked on many issues including the state budget. Haley says she is urging lawmakers to pass a measure calling for a mandatory 72-hour waiting period after the budget is formulated by the joint Senate-House conference committee.
Haley says in her experience as a state lawmaker, she was handed hundreds of pages of material outlining the budget and asked to vote on it the same day. She says the time was woefully inadequate for lawmakers to give the budget a thorough examination.
Haley continued to trumpet her recent legislative victories including the House vote on the measure to move some duties of the Budget and Control Board into a new Department of Administration under the governor’s control. Those include information technology, procurement for state agencies, and management of the state’s fleet and properties.
Some Democrats, including House Minority Leader Harry Ott, accused Republicans of growing government as the state is cutting services in an attempt to close an estimated $700 million dollar budget gap. The measure will be discussed in a Senate Judiciary subcommittee Thursday.
Haley told the audience that she had fought hard during her time in the Legislature and during her gubernatorial campaign for roll call voting in the General Assembly and she was ecstatic that with the help of key House and Senate members, roll call voting in the state legislature will soon be a reality.
One of main opponents to the bill is President Pro Tem of the Senate Glenn McConnell who continues to question the constitutionality of the statute version of measure.