COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) – Some state senators want to limit the foods the governor's staff can buy with public money, saying if the Republican governor insists on fighting obesity through food stamp restrictions, she needs to lead by example.
The state is seeking federal approval to limit what can be bought through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
And a clause inserted in the Senate Finance Committee's budget plan would bar Governor Nikki Haley's office and the Governor's Mansion from buying junk food with public money, whether for employee treats or entertaining.
Richland County State Senator Darrell Jackson pushed for the provision.
He says it's only fair for Haley to implement with her staff the healthy purchasing she's promoting for poor people.
Governor's spokesman Rob Godfrey says Jackson's playing political games with a serious health epidemic.