2010-06-18 / Government / Neighborhood

Legislature budgets money S.C. doesn’t have

From The Nerve

The S.C. House’s chief budget writer, Rep. Dan Cooper, is definitely not a man with a plan.

At least when it comes to the possibility of the state not receiving $213.5 million in federal funding, which Congress has not approved but the General Assembly has included in its budget for next year anyway.

Cooper, R–Anderson and chairman of the budgetwriting House Ways and Means Committee, openly admitted to not having such a plan while speaking June 3 at the podium on the House floor.

That was the last day of this year’s regular legislative session. It was also the day the Legislature passed a budget for the 2010–11 fiscal year that begins July 1.

The $213.5 million is detailed in the last section of the budget, called Part IV.

The money in Part IV is contingent upon Congress passing, and President Obama approving, a six–month renewal of extra Medicaid funding for the states. That funding is called enhanced Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage, or FMAP.

Trouble is, it might not happen.

Thus, Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed Part IV and issued a verbal smackdown to the Legislature for passing it.

Read the full story by The Nerve’s Investigative Reporter Eric K. Ward. The South Carolina Policy Council is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that promotes the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty and responsibility in the state of South Carolina. To learn more about the S.C. Policy Council and read more breaking stories on its news website, The Nerve, visit www.scpolicycouncil.com and www.thenerve.org. It’s where government gets exposed.

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