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MORE MONEY FOR TAXPAYER REBATES? DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH, SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) will not seek a $50 million appropriation in the coming year’s budget for a host of unfunded mandates imposed by state and federal lawmakers, sources at the agency tell FITS.

Agency director Catherine Templeton will seek $4 million to cover these expenses, telling state lawmakers she has found a way to cover the remaining costs through eliminating waste in her agency and equalizing funding levels in other departments.

That’s $46 million in “savings” in the state’s upcoming FY 2013-14 budget – assuming lawmakers are willing to rebate the money to taxpayers. In fact, we’re going to add this money right now to the pile of cash which ought to be rebated during the upcoming budget cycle.

Earlier this week, Templeton announced a major restructuring of her agency that could save taxpayers an additional $2 million – again, assuming lawmakers agreed to rebate it to taxpayers.

Will they do so? Don’t hold your breath …

Despite the best efforts of S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort), state lawmakers have rejected rebate efforts in each of the past two years (here and here). Davis told FITS earlier this week he intends to file his “taxpayer rebate fund” legislation again this year.

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