The S.C. House and Senate overrode Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto to cut the state Arts Commission on Wednesday. The House vote was 105 to 8 and the Senate was 32 to 6. Arts advocates expected the governor to take a stand against the arts, as she said in her January State of the State speech that, “the reality is the role of South Carolina’s government in the year 2011 can no longer be to fund an Arts Commission that costs us $2.5 million.”
While the Commission’s budget was cut to $1.9 million, the organization will continue to pursue its mission of building and supporting a thriving arts environment in S.C. Also overridden were Haley’s vetoes of $56 million for K-12 education, $12.4 million for school buses, $20 million for schools, and $6 million for ETV.