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Nikki Haley To SC House: $500 Million Borrowing “DOA”

GOVERNOR’S VETO THREAT HAS TEETH …  || By FITSNEWS || S.C. governor Nikki Haley – who signed a massive borrowing bill two years ago – recently ripped members of the S.C. House for proposing the exact same thing. “This is South Carolina, not D.C.,” Haley said, adding that “the House ……

GOVERNOR’S VETO THREAT HAS TEETH … 

|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. governor Nikki Haley – who signed a massive borrowing bill two years ago – recently ripped members of the S.C. House for proposing the exact same thing.

“This is South Carolina, not D.C.,” Haley said, adding that “the House … used to be a conservative body.”

For the record, we don’t support this borrowing proposal.  In fact we strongly oppose it.  But once again Haley is assailing something she previously championed … yet another example of her chronic hypocrisy.

Haley didn’t just “talk smack” to House members, though, she accompanied her rhetoric with a vow to veto the borrowing provision from the budget.

Again … what gives?  Not that we disagree with her, but this is a woman who vetoed less than one-tenth of one percent of last year’s budget.

Nonetheless, the governor’s threat has sent S.C. House budget writers scrambling – especially after Haley reportedly informed them she had the votes to sustain such a veto.

Does she?

“I don’t know if that’s true … but I’m one of them,” a lawmaker not known for supporting the governor told FITS.

Other lawmakers told FITS the House has the votes to pass the borrowing provision, but is “nowhere near” to being able to override a gubernatorial veto – which would require a two-thirds majority.

Good …

This year’s borrowing provision – tucked into a section of the proposed FY 2015-16 state budget – would borrow an estimated $500 million for a variety of “infrastructure” projects.  Among them?  A $40 million “training center” aimed at improving the quality of the workforce at aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. facility.

Clearly Boeing’s South Carolina workers could use the help … but should taxpayers subsidize this proposed center?  Especially after Boeing has already sucked up more than $1 billion in subsidies from Palmetto State taxpayers?

Hell no …

Hypocritical though it may be, we support Haley’s veto threat … and those lawmakers willing to support it.

As we’ve stated repeatedly, lawmakers don’t need to raise taxes or engage in deficit spending to meet the state’s infrastructure needs – they simply need to stop blowing money on unnecessary projects.  The state budget has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years – meaning there has been and will continue to be more than enough money to handle repair and maintenance of our state’s roads and bridges.

Lawmakers just need to start prioritizing infrastructure based on need, not politics … and start slashing other unnecessary functions from the state budget.

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11 comments

Tunes'n'News March 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm

If you keep internally linking yourself that much, you’ll go blind.

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You figure? March 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Your palms will also grow hair. No, hold on that is masturbation.

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The Colonel March 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Kind of the same thing, one’s physical, the other is mental…

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Bible Thumper March 11, 2015 at 5:27 pm

He seems to do more “internally linking” in articles about Haley or T-Rav.

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HD March 11, 2015 at 9:21 pm

That’s where the revenue is generated.

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Rakkasan March 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Brownback in KS thought the state budget could get by via finding the unnecessary projects, waste, fraud, and abuse and eliminating it. Sent some smart guys on a special mission to find it in the budget. Guess what? A drop in credit rating for the state later, teetering on bankruptcy. So, if you’re gonna talk about financing state govt, you’re going to have to have a pen with a lot sharper tip than the “we’ll pay for that by eliminating projects/programs” That is is no better than paying with fairy dust

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Jonny Logic March 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Wait, she’s a conservative Republican and Tea Partier, and she is clueless and lies? Say it isn’t so!!!

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Rocky March 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm

I heard through the grape vine Nikki was very upset about this Monday. She was overheard saying something to the effect she had “taken one for the team” last Friday afternoon, meeting privately with Obama, to sure up a commitment to some infrastructure money, and if the state borrowered it – she’d have given that for nothing.

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Scooter March 12, 2015 at 12:25 am

That grapevine was flawed.

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RogueElephant March 11, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Have to go along with Nikki on this. Veto pen in hand, go for it.

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Frank March 12, 2015 at 7:02 am

Gov Haley is right on target with this. The people are with her. Stop this crazy, wasteful spending.
Now, we gotta get her to veto the gas tax bill, any and all of them. We gotta stop this crazy, wasteful spending.

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