HEADLINES : South Carolina
Haley's vetoes cripple two state agencies
About 40 state workers were told not to come to work on Monday after Gov. Nikki Haley eliminated all funding for the two state agencies that employ them.
Haley struck the combined $9.5 million budgets of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Sea Grants Consortium late Thursday night, two of her 81 vetoes of the state's $23 billion state budget.
Her vetoes included $10 million to help give teachers a 2 percent pay raise, $10 million to help lure companies to South Carolina and dozens of local projects and earmarks Haley criticized as "pork barrel spending."
The Arts Commission hands out grants for arts projects statewide and oversees the state art collection. The Sea Grants Consortium helps the state's research universities pursue federal funding to research issues relating to the South Carolina coastline. Both agencies have 20 employees.