COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate was tossing out most of Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes Wednesday, including $2 million for senior caregivers.
The Senate was taking up the 61 vetoes that the House chose to override a day earlier. A two-thirds majority is also needed in the Senate to restore the budget items. Voting continued late Wednesday.
The House upheld just 15 of Haley's 76 vetoes on Tuesday, tallying $1.4 million. Eight of those items designated no money.
The Senate voted 39-4 to restore $2 million to the lieutenant governor's Office on Aging. Haley contends the agency is growing too fast.
But former Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell said programs that help elderly residents live independently in their homes save taxpayers money, while giving seniors a better quality of life, because Medicaid-paid nursing beds are 40 times more expensive. The $2 million would serve 4,000 families.
"I don't know of anyone, given a choice, who would not stay at home rather than going into a facility," said Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Walhalla.
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