COLUMBIA,S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - Governor Nikki Haley has issued 81 vetoes worth more than $94-million from the state's proposed spending plan, but retained money for a program championed by her likely rival in the 2014 governor's race.
Haley chose to keep $26-million to expand full-day, 4-year-old kindergarten that was backed by Democratic Kershaw County State Senator Vincent Sheheen.
The Republican governor says she does not support the Legislature's plan, but she backs the goal of getting children in high poverty areas ready for school.
“I'm not going to say that my way is the only right way to do it, so I did not veto the 4-K because I do know there are areas that are challenged and I do know that these are areas where we need to all step up do more. I'm willing to test it and see how it goes,” Haley said.
Meantime, the governor's vetoes include $350,000 for HIV prevention, and nearly $2-million to health care concerns like the Colon Cancer Prevention Network and the organ donor registry.
Haley says they are good causes but the state shouldn't pick specific ones to fund.
She also kicked out funding for a number of smaller projects, like $450,000 for three museums and $1-million for a visitor's center in Orangeburg.