The House set out on a path today to begin sustaining more than $400 million in cuts to state agencies and programs across South Carolina.
The lawmakers agreed with Gov. Mark Sanford's first five veto cuts, including a cut to a high school assessment program that could affect 400 to 500 career specialists who help determine student's academic readiness for the next level.
That program's budget tallied $1.4 million.
"That's a lot of people, when you look behind the numbers," said Rep. Terry Alexander, D-Florence, lamenting the House votes and Sanford's vetoes.
"We are allowing the wisdom of a single man to be substituted for the collective wisdom of 124 (people)," said Rep. B.R. Skelton, R-Pickens, who urged the House to override a $104,000 Sanford veto of a higher education program.