Mark Sanford is a notorious fiscal conservative in South Carolina. As governor he tried to open up SC school districts to competition by allowing parents to choose where their children went to school. Unfortunately, the local teachers’ union and its supporters were up in arms over Sanford’s plan, calling it unfair. The school choice bill was defeated, but Sanford is starting another fight which has caught the attention of the news media: he rejected as much as $8 billion from the stimulus bill which was bound for South Carolina.
The interesting part of this scenario is that written into the stimulus bill is permission for state legislatures to override governors like Sanford who reject stimulus funds. Whether South Carolina will opt to do so remains to be seen. Read more here.Published in