Current as of May 20, 2009
I am pleased to report to you that the General Assembly Wednesday overrode the gubernatorial vetoes of the day before, making it clear that both the House and Senate intend for South Carolina’s share of federal state stabilization stimulus funding to be used as Congress intends: to support education. Margins were substantial on all key votes.
While there likely still will be legal challenges before South Carolina public education (both K-12 districts and higher education) have access to those federal stimulus funds, today’s developments mark passage of a major milestone in what has been a long saga in Columbia this year. If the appropriations measure and related provisos adopted by the General Assembly continue to prevail following any court challenges, then Winthrop will receive the same level of state funding received (after cumulative mid-year reductions) this year to use for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. While that still represents almost $6 million lost from state funding since this time last year, federal stimulus funds have been designated for Winthrop to mitigate that loss somewhat. Under the General Assembly’s allocation plan, about $3 million in such federal funds would be released to us once any court issues are resolved.
There are many individuals who should be recognized at this milestone, even as the legal process continues:
Work is continuing apace to prepare Winthrop for the academic year to come, even as Summer Session continues. I will keep you apprised of developments as warranted. Meanwhile, best wishes for the upcoming holiday and the summer weeks ahead, wherever they take you.