Jeff Duncan’s Statement on Sanford’s Lawsuit Regarding the Use of Stimulus Funds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2009
CONTACT: Allen Klump
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.”