Health Care Takes Hit


May 28, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Health care programs for children in the
state's lowest income families take the biggest hit in $72 million
worth of budget vetoes by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

Sanford said Wednesday it didn't make sense to put $21.3 million
into the federal-state children's health insurance program while
the Legislature had tapped more than $100 million from state
Medicaid surpluses.

Sanford says he's vetoing 69 items in the $7 billion budget. He
also says the spending plan that goes into effect July 1 has an
unconstitutional deficit because legislators know enough money
won't come into support key programs like operating the state's
fleet of school buses.

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