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Haley vetoes Conservation Bank money

Jun 29, 2011 11:28:00 AM - thestate.com
Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed funding for the S.C. Conservation Bank, a move that environmentalists say will shut down the land protection agency if they don’t get help from the state Legislature.

Lobbyists for the state’s environmental groups were working furiously today to rally support in the Legislature to override Haley’s veto. Haley’s veto kills about $2 million for land protection initiatives, as well as more than $200,000 to run the office, said Cary Chamblee, a lobbyist for the state Sierra Club.

“The bank goes out of business Friday morning unless we can override this thing,’’ Chamblee said.

Rob Godfrey, a spokesman for Haley, responded by saying "The governor has said, in this budget year when we are focused returning government to its core functions, that we have to make tough decisions that won't make everyone happy. Every agency during this time of year wants to say the sky is falling, but it’s not."

The Conservation Bank’s is the only state agency whose sole job is to buy and protect undeveloped land across South Carolina.

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