Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Governor Sandford Rejects Stimulus Funds

South Carolina's Governor Mark Sanford (R) has rejected the stimulus funds:
The move will cement Sanford's growing reputation as a political powerhouse among Republican party stalwarts nationwide — though how much of the estimated $8 billion in stimulus funds destined for South Carolina will be affected is unclear. The law allows state legislative leaders to accept funds the governor rejects.

"Our objections to the so-called stimulus bill have been well-chronicled for the way it spends money that we don't have and for the way this printing of money could ultimately devalue the American dollar," Sanford said on Tuesday, even as he acknowledged that he'll accept some.

"Those of us opposed to this package lost the debate on these merits, and I now think it is important we look for creative ways to apply and use these monies in accordance with the long-term interests of our state," he said.
In the end, the question of whether governors accept the funds will generate something of a governmental/constitutional battle regarding federalism and the soveriegnty of the states.

The decision also sets up a potential battle between Sanford and the South Carolina legislature. If the Legislature accepts the money, will Sanford veto any budget or spending package in the state that is dependent upon the money. Such a move will clearly be the principled move. Given that the legislature could, I assume, override the veto, such a vote would clearly put the legislature in the position of owning the acceptance of the stimulus funds and it will remain to be seen how that will be perceived by the voters in South Carolina.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm on SSD. The taxes and gasoline keep going up. So PLEASE tell me whice do I buy this month my MEDICATION or FOOD?? The cuts that you are adding, plus the increase taxes-I don;t know how I'm going to make it. You want to pay on the deficit (THE DEFICIT WILL ALWAYS BE). So why are you making the poor-poorer & the middle class poor. I don't get it. See you don't have to worry about your next check or when you retire.COULD YOU PLEASE WAKE UP AND STOP HURTING US-----HELP US----PLEASE. SHARON SMITH