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Jeff Duncan’s Statement on Sanford’s Lawsuit Regarding the Use of Stimulus Funds

May 21, 2009


May 21, 2009

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Rep. Jeff Duncan’s Statement on Governor Sanford’s Lawsuit Regarding the Use of Stimulus Funds

Columbia, S.C. – May 21, 2009 – Laurens County legislator and third congressional district candidate Jeff Duncan released the following statement today regarding the Governor’s lawsuit on the use of federal stimulus funds.

“I deeply regret the General Assembly’s unwillingness to support sound fiscal policies in South Carolina. Last week I introduced an alternative budget that would have fully funded public education, public safety, and healthcare without using any of the disputed “stimulus” money. That alternative budget was voted down by the House in favor of legislation that leaves state government worse off than we were to begin with.”

“Compared to the alternative budget amendment I offered last week, the budget adopted by the General Assembly decreases funding for public education and corrections, and manages to completely ignore $1 billion in loans that South Carolina must pay back by 2011. I am disappointed that the General Assembly has refused to take the fiscally responsible course, but I am proud of Governor Sanford’s continued resolve and fully support his ongoing fight on behalf of the taxpayers. If Governor Sanford’s lawsuit is unsuccessful, I’m afraid that we will see the Legislature consider raising taxes to clean up a problem created by a huge hole in the budget down the road.”


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne Davis permalink
    May 22, 2009 4:41 am

    I usally support both you and Gov. Sanford. I do not know details of other budget but as a school teacher, the loss of stimulus money is crucial to the well being of children! We have to pay the money back anyway and it should be used for education!!!! In grades K – 12. We passed the lottery and all of it goes for higher education. I have never seen any good come of it. We must use this money to help the children of SC. I don’t know aobut your children but Gov. Sanford’s children go to private school and he has plenty of money! Mine went to Cambridge Academey in Gwd. so that is fine if he wants to pay for it but he should not just throw away the public schools. PLEASE urge him to use the money the way it was intented and use it for our public schools!!!!!

  2. Heather Wright permalink
    May 22, 2009 6:41 am

    I applaud your efforts to give SC a sound budget and look after public education at the same time. As a former Laurens County resident and teacher, I understand that many good and reasonable teachers drink the liberal Kool-aid about the stimulus money. This money will not help us but leave us worse off than before. I am amazed at how many people are willing to abandon common sense and good old fashioned hard work for the easy dollar. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true…IT IS! The whole country is going broke over bail out and stimulus problems. We would be much better off if we had just rode out the recession. We would be on our way out by now. We The People, need to realize it is We The People who are really paying for all of this mess in the first place. (That is where the governments get their money…We The People through TAXES! Wake Up People!) This stimulus money is going to do to SC what is has done to the auto industry, banks, etc. Anybody know any autoworkers or dealers that are better off because of the money?

    Jeff, please inform us as to how to support this law suit effort.

  3. Donald Thompson permalink
    May 22, 2009 7:54 am

    I have known you for a long time. I know you love your wife, kids and the people you represent. I really believe you have everyone’s best interest in mind. I don’t know anything about the stimulus money and whether it is a good thing or not, but I do trust what you say about it. Continue to stand by what you know is right for your children and mine.

  4. Linda Whelchel permalink
    May 22, 2009 8:09 am

    As a resident of Laurens County and of South Carolina, I think that public education is in a dire situation. I have 4 children of my own that I homeschool and would never consider putting them in our public education system. However, with that said, throwing money at a dead horse is not going to help anything. The stimulus is a huge mistake that will do way more harm than good. Accepting the stimulus money would be the demise of our South Carolina economy. I was a financial manager for over 10 years and I saw first hand that spending money you do not have is the worst thing that one can do in hard times, and that is what the stimulus bill would do.

  5. Dianne Belsom permalink
    May 22, 2009 8:23 am


    I agree with you 100%. Thanks for your efforts in this. Bottom line, you can’t spend money you don’t have. People are addicted to a quick fix. The long-term implications for what our government is doing are staggering.

  6. May 22, 2009 11:59 am

    Jeff – Welcome to America; the charge it now and give it to our kids later country!

  7. May 22, 2009 12:21 pm

    The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover c.(1989)
    decide to live beyond their means and get into mas troubles, and so the wife calls the husband to bail them out, he consents, great right? But, they don’t change their behaviors so they repeat the troubles over an over again to the extent whereby it becomes part of their nature.

    This is where you, we are at, right here and now…

  8. John permalink
    May 22, 2009 1:34 pm

    My dad would never let me “borrow” any more money until I paid back what I had already “borrowed”…..

    Stand firm, Jeff….

  9. Maritom Hardy permalink
    May 22, 2009 5:04 pm

    I agree with you Jeff. We don’t need to give our children this tremendous debt nor our grand children. It’s not the right way to do business now nor in the future.


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