COLUMBIA - Lieutenant Governor hopeful Bakari Sellers said Friday he was "disturbed" by one of Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes.
Haley announced Thursday her issuance of 76 vetoes, representing $18.5 million of the state's $7 billion budget. She also vetoed $2 million slated for the lieutenant governor's office meant to increase funding for Home and Community Based Services. Haley said "spending levels in this agency are rising too rapidly."
"It's not that we don't think that there's legitimacy for that," Haley said. "It's moving too much too fast. No agency should grow that fast without us sitting back and analyzing whether it's working well."
Sellers, who represents Denmark, said he was disturbed that Haley has "chosen to turn her back on our state's seniors. "
"Our senior population in South Carolina is one of the fastest growing in the nation," Sellers said. "Our seniors want to find ways to age while staying in their own homes, not being placed in the expensive nursing home facilities ... It helps seniors, many of whom live on a fixed income, hold onto more of their life saving while also saving taxpayers dollars in the long-run."
Sellers is calling for the General Assembly to overturn Haley's veto.