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AFP Urges Legislature to Veto Wasteful Budget Spending

June 17, 2014

Columbia – Today, the state legislature will vote, in a line item fashion, to sustain or override Gov. Haley’s vetoes. Americans for Prosperity found some interesting examples of truly wasteful spending and urges the legislature to sustain the following vetoes:

“Taxpayer-funded Nature Trail” – $150,000

The Palmetto Conservation Foundation nature trail sounds like a phenomenal project.  However, taxpayers should not be asked to grant such a large sum when well-heeled corporate partners already exist.

“South Carolina’s Not-So-Native Son” – $250,000

President Woodrow Wilson was not a native South Carolinian, nor is he buried here.  In fact, he only lived in Columbia for four years!  AFP has no beef with preserving his beautiful home, we just prefer that it is done through private donations.

“Give Yourself a Raise” – $1,800,000

Even though many folks are still struggling to make ends meet, a majority of the legislature decided to raise their own salaries.  Taxpayers should be the ones to decide whether elected officials should get a pay increase, not elected officials.  Who works for whom?

“Gov. Haley did the right thing by vetoing wasteful spending items out of the budget,” stated Americans for Prosperity South Carolina state director Dave Schwartz.  “Now we’re asking the legislature to stand up for taxpayers and sustain those vetoes.  With many of our roads in disrepair and so many families still dealing with a tough economy, now is not the time to waste millions of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars on unnecessary projects or pay raises.”

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