SC House overrides Haley's education, arts vetoes

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has overridden 51 of Gov. Nikki Haley's 81 budget vetoes.

The overrides on Tuesday include votes to restore $10 million for teacher pay raises, $10 million for Commerce's deal-closing fund, $3 million for rural infrastructure, and $454,000 to support rape crisis centers.

The House also moved to reopen two agencies eliminated by Haley's vetoes - the state Arts Commission and Sea Grant Consortium.

The overrides now depend on the Senate, which returns Wednesday.

The 30 vetoes upheld by the House reduce the Legislature's $6.8 billion combined budget and reserve spending plans by less than $4 million.

They include items Haley calls local earmarks, such as $30,000 for an Irmo park, $100,000 for a fire station in Andrews, and $300,000 for a museum in North Myrtle Beach.

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