Gov. Haley vetoes $18.5M from state budget

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 1:21 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed $18.5 million from the Legislature's $7 billion spending plan for the coming year.

Haley announced her 76 vetoes Thursday. That compares with 81 vetoes tallying $94 million last year. Haley says she and the Legislature worked together better this year.

Vetoes include $2 million from the Office on Aging for services to help seniors live independently rather than in more expensive nursing homes. Haley says there's legitimacy in the program, but the agency is growing too fast. She notes that even after her veto, the program gets nearly $13 million next year, compared with $4.5 million four years ago.

Haley also vetoed giving legislators a yearly increase of $12,000 each for in-district expenses. She says legislators should ask voters if they should get a raise.

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