SC Senate Overrides Veto of $10M for Teachers

3:40 PM, Jul 18, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate has restored $10 million to the budget to help school districts pay for mandated teacher salary increases.
The Senate voted 41-2 on Wednesday to override Gov. Nikki Haley's budget veto, a day after the House voted 113-1.
Legislators say if the veto stood, districts would have to raise local property taxes to provide the 2 percent raises a budget clause requires.
Haley says she's not against teachers, but salaries shouldn't be paid with one-time money. She notes she left in place $39 million designated in recurring money.
The $10 million comes from the penny added to the state sales tax in 1984 for education innovation.
House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham notes that money can be used only on education, and all budgets are for one year.

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