South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) will spend $200,000 in the state’s record-setting FY 2012-13 budget on a campaign aimed at eradicating head lice in public schools.

Awesome right?

And all this time we thought that students in our worst-in-the-nation public schools were scratching their heads because they were confused …

The “head lice” proviso is one of literally hundreds of earmarks that have been inserted into the state budget, which will be headed to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk any day now. Last year, Haley vetoed less than 1 percent of a record-setting $22.1 billion spending plan. This year’s state budget is expected to exceed $23 billion – another record.

As we’ve noted, state spending has dramatically outpaced economic, income and population growth in South Carolina over the last decade (a.k.a. the Palmetto State’s “lost decade“).

To its credit, the S.C. House of Representatives removed the “head lice” proviso from its version of the budget, but it was reinserted by State Senators.