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Senate also overrides several Haley vetoes

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The South Carolina Senate also voted Wednesday to override several of Gov. Nikki Haley's vetoes which the House voted to override Tuesday.

The Senate voted 29-10 to override Haley's veto of $1.9 million in state taxes for the Arts Commission's operations and local grants. That veto also struck $1.5 million in federal funding. The Senate will vote later on a separate veto of an additional $500,000 for grants.

The Senate then voted 34-7 to restore $428,000 for the agency that works with the state's universities to conduct coastal research.

Both agencies had to close after Haley released her vetoes July 6, putting roughly 40 people in limbo.

The comptroller general's office said they can return to work as early as Thursday. Employees won't get paid for the interim.

The Senate also voted 41-2 on Wednesday to override a Haley veto and restore $10 million to the budget to help school districts pay for mandated teacher salary increases.

Legislators said if the veto stood, districts would have to raise local property taxes to provide the 2 percent raises a budget clause requires.

Haley said she's not against teachers, but salaries shouldn't be paid with one-time money. She notes she left in place $39 million designated in recurring money.

The $10 million comes from the penny added to the state sales tax in 1984 for education innovation.

House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham noted that money can be used only on education, and all budgets are for one year.

Senators also voted overwhelmingly to restore money supporting 15 rape crisis centers.

The 39-2 vote disburses $454,000 to the nonprofits that assist victims at the hospital and through the legal process, provide counseling and educate students on violence prevention.

The House overrode the veto unanimously Tuesday.

Legislators said Haley's veto message and subsequent posting Tuesday on Facebook were callous. She didn't back down Wednesday. She repeated the money represents an earmark to a special interest, and legislators shouldn't give money to nonprofits.

Haley signed off on a slight increase for rape prevention in an agency's budget. The centers don't share in that increase.

The Senate also voted to restore money providing assistance to kidney disease, hemophilia, and sickle cell patients, and funding AIDS prevention programs.

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