Just a quick reaction to this message received this afternoon:
Members of the Press – we just had a very important Senate Finance Committee meeting regarding the state budget and the federal stimulus money.
In an initial Finance Committee budget meeting today Chairman Hugh Leatherman instructed subcommittee chairmen to work into the night creating a budget without federal stimulus funds. He has instructed the chairmen to cut $370 from the House budget, including $161 Million from K-12 education and $44 Million from higher education.
The Finance Committee will reconvene tomorrow at 9:00 am to review the proposed cuts in Gressette Rm 105.
Please email me with any questions.
– Wesley Donehue
SC Senate Republican Caucus
I wonder how much this insanity of Sanford forcing the Legislature to do TWO budgets is costing us, in staff time and such? Drafting the budget each year is the biggest, hairiest lifting the General Assembly does. And they’re having to do it TWICE, because of the bizarre whims of one man?