Current as of April 30, 2009
The S.C. Senate has taken an important step in the long process necessary to bring federal stimulus funds to S.C. higher education and K-12 for the next academic year, as intended by the U.S. Congress.
By a vote of 34-10, the Senate approved a key amendment by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman, establishing that “it is the intent of the General Assembly to accept the stimulus funds” and “authorize expenditure” of them “as delineated in this act.” The full Senate then adopted by a vote of 31-12 a budget recommendation allocating the funds to education. Because so many of you have expressed interest in this issue, I am pasting the roll calls on those key votes below this message.
Next steps in the process are as follows:
It is important to keep in mind that stimulus funds will not completely restore the deep cuts in state funding for higher education that have been made this year and continue next year under the budget plan adopted last night. Likewise, continuing downturns in state revenue could prompt additional state reductions, both this fiscal year and next fiscal year.
As noted previously, we will continue to provide updates on this process via e-mail and web postings, so that the campus community can keep up with developments even after Commencement next week. Meanwhile, continuing thanks for all you are doing to bring this academic year to a successful conclusion for our community of learners.
On Key Leatherman Amendment:
Ayes 34; Nays 10
Ayes 31; Nays 12