Hey, did you wonder what legislators did this year about their farcically named pork machine, the "Competitive Grants Program?"
Well, I doubt that you’ll be shocked to learn that they left town with it still intact — DESPITE it being revealed this year for a sham, and DESPITE the governor’s vetoes of the program. The Legislature made quick work of overriding THOSE vetoes — even though the program had been initially broken up into eight separate pieces (three pots of money, and five provisos), probably so it would attract less attention when it was first passed last year. (That worked — at least until the checks started rolling out). … In a minute, I’ll give you the governor’s explanation for why he vetoed the program, followed by all eight roll-call votes in the House and in the Senate.
But first, you’ll be interested to know that on the very day the Senate was overriding those vetoes, the Legislature’s hand-pick grants committee was approving even more expenditures. You can find them at this address.
You can also check out an article in today’s Post and Courier about those latest grants.