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Coots cooting again in the SC Legislature about our Vet School.......
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Jun 18, 2024, 4:57 PM
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From the SC Daily Gazzette https://scdailygazette.com/2024/06/17/sc-budget-negotiations-stall-over-clemson-vet-school-though-legislators-say-not-for-long/

Money for a new Clemson veterinary school is once again a sticking point in legislators’ negotiations over the state’s next spending plan.

The House and Senate were supposed to return to the Statehouse this week to approve a more than $14 billion state budget ahead of the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

But the six-member House-Senate negotiating committee has yet to come up with a deal between the two chambers’ spending versions, despite working late into the evening Thursday. So, on Friday, emails went out to all legislators canceling this week’s extended session.

The biggest point of contention is the Senate’s plan to put $175 million into Clemson’s new vet school, said Rep. Phil Lowe, a Florence Republican who is on the compromise committee.
Unlike last year, though, when a standoff on aid to South Carolina’s rival universities threatened to derail the whole budget, legislators are confident a compromise will head to Gov. Henry McMaster’s desk before July 1, Lowe told the SC Daily Gazette on Monday.

As they do annually, the House and Senate passed a safeguard, called a continuing resolution, which keeps state government running and employees paid at current spending levels should the Legislature not pass a new budget in time.

Because of that, “it’s not the end of the world” to keep working after the 2024-25 fiscal year starts July 1, Lowe said.

“But I don’t expect it,” he added.

However, even if the Legislature passes a compromise before July 1, that’s not the end of the process. The budget can’t take effect until McMaster reviews the plan and issues any line-item vetoes of spending he opposes. He has five calendar days, excluding Sunday, to do so, once the Legislature’s budget lands on his desk.

No dates have been officially set for the House-Senate budget committee to finish negotiations, but the panel will likely finish its work by the end of the week, Lowe said. That would allow the House to come back and give its final OK next Tuesday, said House Majority Leader Davey Hiott.

“I think everyone’s 98% satisfied with everything,” the Pickens Republican said. “That 2% seems to be a sticking point.”

Vet school funding
Funding for Clemson’s new vet school gummed up the process last year as well, as legislators found themselves in a stalemate that involved how much to send the school. In the end, legislators agreed to give the college $103 million to build the state’s first veterinary school.

This year, the Senate set aside an additional $175 million for the project, while the House proposed $47 million. The vet school is a priority for Senate Finance Chairman Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, who graduated from Clemson.

After the Legislature put $103 million into the school last year, people would be disappointed to not see the state finish funding the project this year, said Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey. This would be the state’s final infusion of cash to get the school off the ground.

With the money, the vet school would wrap up construction in the fall of 2026. Without it, Clemson would build the school in phases, adding at least an extra year, officials said previously.

“We need a vet school,” said Massey, R-Edgefield, a graduate of Clemson and USC’s law school. “People are already expecting there to be a vet school built.”

In an attempt to even the score, the Senate’s budget would also set aside $100 million for a medical campus at the University of South Carolina. However, legislators are still trying to find a better balance among the state’s public universities, Lowe said.

“All the higher learning institutions would be jealous if one got more,” Lowe said.

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Screw Calford.


Re: Coots cooting again in the SC Legislature about our Vet School.......

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Jun 18, 2024, 5:38 PM
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SC politics continues to languish in the 1950's. With so many good things in the state offset by so many political boneheads.

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Jun 18, 2024, 5:48 PM
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South Carolina will always be jealous of Clemson, because they want to be Clemson but they can't. They don't have a campus, their most famous football player is Alex Murdaugh, next to George Rodgers, and they best cheer is SEC, SEC, SEC! As the old saying goes, "You can't make Chicken Salad out of Chicken $hit!" This applies to the Columbia Chickens in everything they attempt!"

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Jun 18, 2024, 6:45 PM
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They have a bronze statue of a chicken getting an enema in front of their stadium and we don't!

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Jun 18, 2024, 8:43 PM
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TampaTiger, I refer to it as The chocolate chicken. I’ve been near enough, when passing by while working, to say it looks more milk chocolate than anything.

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They have one primary job

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Jun 18, 2024, 5:47 PM
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Pass a budget every year.


Too busy grandstanding and wasting time on performative culture war BS to take care of their primary job.

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Jun 18, 2024, 10:52 AM
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make a list of names and vote the bums out. they work for you. SC has a history of electing way to many bozos and hacks

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Jun 18, 2024, 8:58 PM
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Politics get in the way of everything. If it were at USuC, it would have already been passed.

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Jun 18, 2024, 10:05 PM [ in reply to Re: They have one primary job ]
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I remember being gaslit and believing this red vs blue voting crap would only work if we only had the right people in office. How quaint indeed.

Vote harder, this time we’ll get’em! 235 years of evidence (bigger, more intrusive government) be ###&@d.

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The rivalries should have nothing to do with it; it should


Jun 19, 2024, 5:21 AM
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be what's best for the state.

However, over 50 years ago, while a student at CU, I heard President R.C. Edwards comment that he spent a lot of time on the road between Clemson and Columbia, fighting for our interests. I understood clearly what he meant.

Read the history of the creation of Clemson, which was a battle in of itself in Columbia, as well as the ensuing fights any time Clemson wanted to expand. That history offers solid evidence as to why education has lagged in our state thereby ranking us near the bottom: it's always the politics and personal loyalties over the best interests of the people.

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To save $ they just need to shut that Columbia school


Jun 19, 2024, 7:33 AM
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down.

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Jun 19, 2024, 7:37 AM
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When rosters are bad you move them.

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