Help Save SC Sea Grant!
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Help Save SC Sea Grant!

    1. Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine
    2. Petition by

      Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine

      St. Helena Island, SC

Override Gov. Nikki Haley's Veto of Funding for the SC Sea Grant Consortium

Governor Haley has issued her vetoes to the state budget eliminating state funding to the SC Sea Grant Consortium with Veto #3. Until the vetoes are resolved, the Governor's veto puts the Sea Grant Consortium in limbo with NO authorization to expend ANY funds, including federal monies, therefore leaving the consortium unable to operate.

Sea Grant's research and outreach programs promote better understanding, conservation and use of America’s coastal resources. Sea Grant is “science serving America’s coasts.” The coastal area of South Carolina is home of the unique Gullah/Geechee people and the location of numerous outstanding cultural landscapes and historic sites that can only be maintained via more active community engagement and stewardship which can also be coupled with scientific research and education. Sea Grant's community partnerships are a critical part of this process.

ACTION YOU SHOULD TAKE NOW: Sign this petition, share it with your friends, and contact your state senator and representative, asking them to override veto #3.

Recent signatures

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    1. Decision-maker Nelson Hardwick responds:

      Nelson Hardwick

      I prefer more direct contact with my constituents about any issues which are of concern to them.. They may contact me directly at nelsonhardwick@schouse.gov and I will gladly respond directly to them.


    2. Decision-maker Nelson Hardwick responds:

      Nelson Hardwick

      I prefer more direct contact with my constituents about any issues which are of concern to them.. They may contact me directly at nelsonhardwick@schouse.gov and I will gladly respond directly to them.


    3. Decision-maker Nelson Hardwick responds:

      Nelson Hardwick

      I prefer more direct contact with my constituents about any issues which are of concern to them.. They may contact me directly at nelsonhardwick@schouse.gov and I will gladly respond directly to them.


    4. Decision-maker Nelson Hardwick responds:

      Nelson Hardwick

      I prefer more direct contact with my constituents about any issues which are of concern to them.. They may contact me directly at nelsonhardwick@schouse.gov and will gladly respond directly to them.


    5. We did it! SC Sea Grant has been saved!

      Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine
      Petition Organizer

      Peace All!

      I just received the message that the SC Senate did override the veto today. The House had overridden it on yesterday!

      Thank you to all of you for standing up and speaking out!

      Congratulations Sea Grant! Go back to the office now! :-)

      Peace,
      Queen Quet
      Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

    6. Decision-maker B.R. Skelton responds:

      B.R. Skelton

      I voted to override the Governor's veto.

      BR Skelton


    7. Decision-maker Tom Davis responds:

      Tom Davis

      I have been on a family vacation and am coming home early to participate in the special session called by the President pro Tem of the Senate for this Wednesday to consider all of the governors' budget vetoes. I arrive back in Columbia la...


    8. Decision-maker Tom Davis responds:

      Tom Davis

      I have been on a family vacation and am coming home early to participate in the special session called by the President pro Tem of the Senate for this Wednesday to consider all of the governors' budget vetoes. I arrive back in Columbia la...


    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. The STATE Paper Has Written About Our Petition to Save SC Sea Grant!

      Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine
      Petition Organizer

      Peace All!

      It is great that the media has let more folks in SC know that our petition does exist. Please spread the word and let's get to the goal of 3000 signatures!

    11. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Davis Folsom BEAUFORT, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      Over 30 years ago a job with SC Sea Grant brought me to South Carolina. Here, in Beaufort, Amber VonHarten is a leader for a variety of efforts to remind, educate, and involve citizens in preserving our incredible coastal resources. We need Sea Grant's continued leadership.

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    • Portia Woodward NORWOOD, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a direct descendant of a proud Gullah Geechee man. So to me this is a major part of my history. And it's important to me to help save the SC Sea Grant.

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    • Linda Torres BURBANK, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Preserving and improving our coastal resources is important on both sides of our country, but SC has an exceptional historical past to maintain!

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    • Frank Waters NINETY SIX, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      To whom it may concern,

      I can honestly speak for any driven students that have preformed independent research using either the space or sea grants in saying that these grants profoundly increased the quality and depth of our educational careers while in SC.

      And if you are tempted to think of the “shrimp on the treadmill” thing I wish to note that that was a very small part of the associated study (the device was less than a $1000 if my memory serves). To grossly simplify: the study’s aim was to examine the immune system response of the species of shrimp off the coast of SC. That is somewhat important if we are to understand population dynamics for an animal that is vital to the shrimping industry in SC. Moral of the story: research like this has objective value even if most people don’t see it or understand the study.

      The sea grant is NOT ‘free money for ivory tower professors sitting on their bums’ it is the promise of the ability to give South Carolina’s college students the chance to gain real lab, field, and research experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I was given $5000 by the space grant for research. Zero of that went to my overseeing professors; for them they were teaching and that was all they wanted from the experience.

      To SC politicians: If you want the state of South Carolina to stay at the hind end of the nation when it comes to education by means destroy the sea grant and anything like it. I’m sure the law makers of this era will be remembered solely for their fiscal conservatism and not their cultural short-sightedness.

      Yours Truly,

      Frank Waters, BS Geology, 2011 College of Charleston

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    • Esther Peters ANNANDALE, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in SC and still have family there. SC Sea Grant Consortium has done an excellent job in public education and scientific research to improve the state's coastal resources. The staff is nationally and internationally respected. SC should be proud to support this organization, which provides a lot of bang for the taxpayer's buck!

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