Gov. Nikki Haley says her proposed budget for the next fiscal year increases money for public schools. But a closer look shows her recommendations actually would cut state funding by nearly $80 million.
The Republican governor is correct only by disregarding some pots of money. Her proposal represents an increase in recurring money for K-12 schools, when factoring in all state revenue sources – chiefly, the penny of the state sales tax that goes directly to education programs.
However, Haley’s proposal eliminates anything paid for this school year with one-time money.
That includes $56 million that legislators added to the state budget to boost a key funding source that pays primarily for teacher salaries – money that legislators added over Haley’s veto.
The full House budget-writing committee today will begin debating the state’s budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
S.C. congressmen come home as U.S. House goes on break
With the U.S. House off this week, several S.C. congressmen are returning home to talk to constituents.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan has nearly a dozen events scheduled across his western South Carolina district this week.
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy will tour Orbis Health Solutions in Greenville on Thursday to discuss the shortages of some cancer drugs for children.
And U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney is holding a press conference at the Resolute Forest Products paper plant near Rock Hill on Wednesday to introduce the Keeping Promises to Taxpayers Act of 2012. Mulvaney says the bill will repeal 12 different tax increases.
Because of Monday’s Presidents Day holiday, Gov. Nikki Haley’s public schedule for this week will be released today. A partial schedule of Haley’s public events for Tuesday only, released Monday, shows: