In the wake of Governor Haley’s last-minute budget vetoes, one local lawmaker says he thinks the General Assembly will override draconian cuts to two state agencies — the State Arts commission and the Charleston-based Sea Grant Consortium.
State Senator Wes Hayes says this is not the first time lawmakers have had to deal with the governor cutting arts funding.:
The Arts and Sea Grant Commissions were forced to shut their doors Friday because the governor’s vetoes came after the start of the fiscal year — a move that Hayes says is an issue in itself.:
Hayes says if the legislature had finished the budget sooner, the governor’s vetoes would not have come after the start of the fiscal year.:
Democratic lawmakers across the state spoke out against the vetoes Monday, including state senator Vincenet Sheheen, who ran against Haley in 2008. Hayes says while Haley’s vetoes total nearly 68-million dollars, the State Arts Commission and Sea Grant Commission are affected the most.:
This is the second year in a row Haley has vetoed the Arts Commission. Hayes says the item will likely be overridden.