Palmetto Sunrise: Budget vetoes loom

Gov. Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley had a busy week attending the funerals of those killed at Emanuel AME Church, but she is still expected to announce her vetoes to the state budget soon.

Haley has five days, not including Sundays or holidays, to veto anything she disagrees with on the state’s roughly $7 billion budget. That deadline sets her up to announce her vetoes either today or Tuesday.

In the meantime, lawmakers are scheduled to return on July 6 to tackle any of Haley’s vetoes that they might want to overturn. If Haley vetoes anything pressing, however, they could return as early as this week.

And when they do return, lawmakers are also expected to discuss bills that seek the removal of the Confederate battle flag off the capitol grounds. A two-thirds vote is required by both chambers to bring down the flag permanently.

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Fort Sumter furls its Confederate flags (The Post and Courier)

Woman takes down Confederate flag just hours before pro-flag rally (The Post and Courier)

Graham talks gay marriage, Confederate flag (The Post and Courier)

Former governors reflect on Confederate banner (The Post and Courier)

‘Cousin’ Arthur thinks Gov. Haley moved too fast (The Post and Courier)

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