On Wednesday, the South Carolina state legislature easily overrode all but 9 of Governor Nikki Haley’s 36 budget vetoes. The total savings were a little over $500,000.
Here is an explanation of each veto, followed by how the Legislature acted on it.
1. Department of Education’s SAT Improvement Program ($169,487): Designed to help schools better prepare students for SATs. Funding had already been suspended for the program via a budget proviso in a separate section of the budget. House overruled, but Senate sustained.
2. Department of Education’s “High Schools That Work” Program ($1.4 million): Intended to help improve students’ transition from high school to college. Haley argued it duplicated programs already used in high schools and colleges. Legislature disagreed. [Read more…]