S.C. State University would get $4 million to pay bills that it owes to vendors in the state budget that passed the S.C. House late Thursday.
The one-time money would have to be used to pay vendors who have been owed money for the the longest period.
“Those are the most immediate need,” said state Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Berkeley. “That is money owed for services that have been provided. The only thing that can happen if we don’t pay them is bad.”
Merrill chairs the House budget panel that recommends how to spend money for S.C. colleges.
“We decided it would probably end up being a state obligation anyway, so we’re going to begin paying off the most immediate and pressing needs,” he said. “Hopefully, we can rectify the oversight group.”
Frustrated by S.C. State’s roughly $17 million deficit, including $11 million owed vendors, House members this week also approved replacing the school’s current board with five new trustees. Those trustees would be appointed by the state Budget and Control Board.
The state Senate has passed a similar proposal.
It will take a few more weeks to reconcile the differing proposals, Merrill said.
“Once the new oversight board is determined, then they can begin making those decisions and figuring out where cuts are needed and where streamlining and efficiencies can be made.”
The House’s budget proposal, including the extra $4 million for S.C. State, now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
COMPLETE LIST OF BOND PROJECTS
|K-12, money to address the Supreme Court’s school equity ruling||$50 million||$500,000|
|Water-and-sewer projects to support economic development||$60 million||None|
|Technical school workforce training facilities||$50 million||$500,000|
|Northeastern Technical College, Cheraw (industrial training center renovations, expansion)||$2 million||$2 million|
|Greenville Technical College (center for manufacturing and innovation building)||$2 million||$500,000|
|York Technical College (Loop Road completion)||$2.8 million||$1.4 million|
|Horry-Georgetown Technical College (acquisition of building for advanced manufacturing center)||$2.5 million||$1.5 million|
|Trident Technical College, North Charleston (aeronautical training center)||$35 million||$20 million|
|Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood (Center for advance manufacturing)||$1.5 million||$1.5 million|
|Florence-Darlington Technical College (QuickJobs Pee Dee)||$1.5 million||None|
|Spartanburg Community College (composite manufacturing training center)||$1.5 million||None|
|Central Carolina Technical College (Kershaw Campus expansion and building)||$2.3 million||$1.5 million|
|Denmark Technical College (building renovations)||$1.8 million||$1.4 million|
|Technical College of the Lowcountry (New River Campus Road Improvements)||$1.3 million||$500,000|
|Tri-County Technical College (engineering and industrial technology program expansion)||$2 million||$500,000|
|Central Carolina Technical College, Sumter (Workforce center)||$5 million||$500,000|
|Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (Behavioral Health Services)||$5 million||$1. 5 million|
|Department of Mental Health (Construction projects & deferred maintenance)||$5 million||None|
|Department of Health and Human Services (statewide telemedicine infrastructure)||$20 million||$2 million|
|Judicial Department (Calhoun Building renovations)||$9.2 million||None|
|Department of Corrections (deferred maintenance)||$5 million||None|
|State Law Enforcement Division (new laboratory facility)||$12 million||$5 million|
|State Law Enforcement Division (advance law enforcement training center)||$10 million||None|
|Medical University of South Carolina (Children’s Hospital)||$50 million||$25 million|
|The Citadel (Byrd Hall organic chemistry lab renovation)||$1.4 million||$1 million|
|The Citadel (Ducket Hall and library heating and air)||$2 million||None|
|Clemson University (Educational and general business and behavioral science building)||$15 million||$7 million|
|College of Charleston (Simon Center for the Arts)||$2 million||None|
|College of Charleston (Stern Center repurposing)||$10 million||$2.5 million|
|Coastal Carolina University (Science complex)||$10 million||None|
|Francis Marion University (Business/education school building)||$7.5 million||$100,000|
|Lander University (Montessori Education building)||$2 million||$1 million|
|University of South Carolina (Main Street law school building renovation)||$15 million||$3.5 million|
|University of South Carolina (South Caroliniana Library)||$5 million||$5 million|
|USC -Aiken (Robert Bell parkway pedestrian bridge)||$1 million||None|
|USC- Beaufort (Hilton Head gateway campus classroom building)||$7 million||$100,000|
|USC- Sumter (Library)||$3.5 million||None|
|Winthrop University (Library)||$15 million||$100,000|
|Department of Administration (Deferred maintenance for state owned buildings)||$20 million||None|
|Office of Adjutant General (armory deferred maintenance)||$15 million||$500,000|
|Department of Archives and History (restoration and re-purposing of fireproof building)||$1.5 million||$1.5 million|
|Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (Deferred maintenance)||$15 million||None|
|Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (welcome center renovations)||$10 million||$1 million|
|Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (African-American History Museum)||$2 million||None|
|Total||$497.2 million||$89.1 million|