COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's 81 vetoes of the Legislature's spending plans would wipe out the state Arts Commission, cut money for teachers' pay raises, and designate less money to a Commerce Department fund used to close economic development deals.
Haley delivered her vetoes minutes before her deadline at midnight Thursday. They include 74 items in the Legislature's $6.7 billion budget and seven items in a separate bill spending $100 million from a rainy-day account that wasn't needed.
Items Haley wants removed include $10 million allocated to school districts to help boost teachers' salaries by 2 percent. Local projects she calls wasteful earmarks include money for a North Myrtle Beach museum, preserving African-American history sites in Charleston and preserving the nation's first community of freed slaves in Beaufort County.
News 19's Jennifer Bellamy is at Gov. Haley's press conference now and will provide a full report later this afternoon.