Recently, lawmakers in South Carolina included $155 million in earmarks in the state budget.
According to the Post and Courier, the $155 million includes funding for nearly 230 pet projects from state legislators. A new Senate rule passed this year enables the public to see what legislators are allocating taxpayer dollars for earmarks, but unfortunately, the House doesn’t have that same rule.
South Carolina taxpayers deserve transparency and a state government who will spend their money wisely and effectively.
That’s why we’re asking Gov. McMaster to veto the earmarks included in the state budget proposal.
In this year’s State of the State, Gov. McMaster said the following:
“This year, I am again encouraging the General Assembly to end the practice of appropriating undisclosed “pork-barrel” earmarks in the budget, which are shielded from public view and scrutiny.
There is a better way for the taxpayers. It is time that such appropriations be publicly disclosed, debated, and allowed to stand on their own merits.”
Now, we’re asking him to follow through.
Sign the letter to Gov McMaster and urge him to veto this wasteful spending!