Senators Vince Sheheen (D-Kershaw) and Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) called their budget amendment: “Truth in Budgeting” as they tackled how South Carolina ETV was funded in the House version of the state budget. The measure passed, moving the state educational telecommunications agency under General Fund appropriations, instead of indirect funding by adding money to each of their client agencies.
Sen. Wes Hayes (R-York) said the way ETV had been funded, via giving the necessary amount to each agency that uses the service, was the only way for ETV to survive a veto by Gov. Nikki Haley. Hayes chaired the education budget panel in the Senate.
Sen. Mike Fair (R-Greenville) said the House version both protected ETV and was transparent as it would track the use of ETV services by all agencies, not just the Department of Education.
The Senate, after hearing Hayes’ and Fair’s concerns, reconsidered their vote, but it passed once again.
Haley has said she wants to end direct funding for ETV and instead require the network to be paid for the services it performs.