South Carolina lawmakers restore state funding for arts, teachers

South Carolina lawmakers voted in a special session on Wednesday to override dozens of budget vetoes by the state’s governor that cut funding for teachers’ pay raises, an arts commission, and non-profit rape crisis centers, Reuters reports. Republican Governor Nikki Haley earlier this month vetoed $67.5 million of the state’s $6.7 billion spending plan for 2012-2013 in a effort to shut down state programs she said “don’t work.” But lawmakers in the Republican-led state legislature said Haley went too far and moved to restore some of the funds, including $10 million for teachers’ pay raises, $3.9 million for an arts commission and $450,000 for the state’s 15 private, non-profit rape crisis centers…

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