By Mikel Chavers, CSG Associate Editor
Amid swirling questions of constitutionality and the powers of levels of government, South Carolina’s legislature is taking a new way around the governor to get all Recovery Act funding set aside for the state. A joint resolution filed this week by South Carolina Sen. Vincent Sheheen would force the governor to accept all the funds—including the $700 million Gov. Mark Sanford said he is rejecting because he can’t use it to pay down the state’s debt.
Basically, Senate Joint Resolution 691—which would have the force of law if passed—orders the governor to apply for state fiscal stabilization funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to Sheheen.
“It makes it a duty of the governor’s office to apply for the funds and accept them into the state,” Sheheen said in an interview with State News.
Sheheen is looking to run for governor in 2010, according to The Post and Courier in Charleston.