The S.C. legislature will meet today at 1 p.m. to discuss Gov. Nikki Haley’s July 5 vetoes to the 2012-2013 state budget.
The legislature could override some, none, or all of 81 Haley’s vetoes (NOTE: Veto letters attached as pdf to this piece).
Among the most talked about items that were excised by Haley were the closing of the Arts Commission and Sea Grant Consortium. In addition, victims’ rights advocates have expressed concern that cuts to their funding will make it difficult for their agencies to continue the level of service needed, particular for rape victims.
Haley has responded to the criticism by expressing her support for the arts, while adding that she believes the commission is not something that should be funded with tax dollars.
While in England at an Air Show last week, Haley responded to critics of cuts to victims’ outreach organizations, saying: “I understand that politicians will say what they have to say. But I have to do what I believe is best for the whole state of South Carolina.”
On Monday, Haley took to her Facebook page, urging followers to contact their legislators and vowing to track votes in today’s session.
"The days of spending one time money for recurring items or on earmarks and pork have to come to an end," she said in the post.
The veto session has become an annual spectacle in South Carolina politics. Last year, Haley’s veto of funding for ETV was overturned.
In 2004, Gov. Mark Sanford brought two pigs to the statehouse to symbolize all the pork that was including in the budget after his vetoes were overridden.
Many legislators are already saying that some of Haley’s high-profile vetoes, such as those mentioned above, will probably be overturned.
Stay tuned to Patch throughout the day as we follow the entire veto session.