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Lawmakers say SC colleges need to stop building

Sep 5, 2010 4:21:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina colleges and universities have spent more than $1 billion on building projects in the past four years, and some state lawmakers agree with the governor that it's time to put on the brakes.

The Greenville News reported Sunday that the schools say the buildings have been necessary and that some money to pay for the buildings comes from sources other than state revenues.

But Gov. Mark Sanford has suggested putting a moratorium on new building that he says has led to large tuition increases at the state's colleges in recent years.

"There is a clear causal relationship between the two," Sanford said. "Because these buildings have to be heated, they have to be cooled, they have to be insured, they have to be watched. There are a whole array of costs that come back to impact the taxpayer and impact students and parents in the form of tuition."

The two lawmakers who serve with Sanford and two others on the State Budget and Control Board, which must approve all capital expenditures, have said they may side with the governor's proposal to halt building projects because of the tuition increases.

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