The dawning of July 1 will represent more than the beginning of a new fiscal year in South Carolina this year, lawmakers said Wednesday.
It will represent a whole new way of doing business in this state.
Like troops on a mission, the House of Representatives was poised to enact nearly $400 million of new cuts to the size of state government, whacking agencies that deliver health care to the indigent, protection against fraud and unfair business practices to S.C. consumers, and training tools for budding young students.
In what was clearly a big win for Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, the House sustained nearly $100 million in veto cuts put forward by the lame-duck governor, then the House was poised to sustain $300 million more in veto cuts to programs affected by funds under Medicaid assistance promised by Washington.