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SC Supreme Court: Sanford veto unconstitutional

Jan 24, 2011 6:55:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina's Supreme Court on Monday ruled former Gov. Mark Sanford was wrong when he vetoed funding for the state's financial oversight board.

The court ruled unanimously the action was unconstitutional because governors cannot pick and choose funding sources with a veto. In this case, Sanford had vetoed the sources of cash to operate the Budget and Control Board.

Sanford had long been a foe of the state Budget and Control Board. He was the chairman of the five-member board that runs much of the state's bureaucracy, from maintaining cars and buildings to acting as the landlord for state agencies and overseeing personnel and benefits.

Sanford argued that by vetoing the board's state taxpayer funding, the board could tap other cash to maintain operations.

As the board did that, it raided more than $13 million from the state's Rural Infrastructure Bank Trust Fund, a program that helps local governments with water and sewer projects and used that money for payroll and essential operating costs.

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