One of the greatest threats we face as a nation is the practice of deficit spending. That national problem has now crept into our state government. When government agencies spend more than their allotment of funds, they create unnecessary financial hardship for all of us. Recently, the South Carolina Budget and Control Board shockingly approved deficit spending by state agencies. This must be put to an end.
The Budget and Control Board voted this past week to allow the Department of Health and Human Services to spend $100 million that it does not have. This means that next year your state government will start off even deeper in the hole than it already is. It means deeper cuts to education, law enforcement, and other core services. It’s choosing the easy way to deal with a crisis, kicking the can down the road for yet another year.
It’s important to point out that Governor Nikki Haley and DHHS Director Tony Keck did not create this problem; they inherited it. In fact, Governor Haley and her staff have done a remarkable job in their first month to root out waste, cut unnecessary spending, and responsibly address budget deficits in other agencies. I look forward to working with the Governor on this critical issue as we go forward.
This budget deficit is not a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats both have spoken out against it. Senator Glenn McConnell has denounced the deficit and has vowed to find out how we arrived at this position. Additionally, Senator Vincent Sheheen and I have joined forces to condemn the practice of deficit spending and introduce legislation to make sure it does not happen again in South Carolina.
I urge you to stand with us as we fight to end deficit spending in our state. Please go to the Senate Republican Caucus’ Facebook page now and give us your thoughts.
SC State Senator