Governor Haley has issued her vetoes to the state budget eliminating state funding to the Arts Commission: $1,937,598 with Veto #1, and the additional one-time funding of $500,000 for grants in Veto #21, funding that was approved in the balanced budget submitted by the General Assembly in June.
Until the vetoes are resolved, the Governor's veto puts the Arts Commission in limbo with NO authorization to expend ANY funds, including federal monies from the National Endowment for the Arts, therefore leaving the agency unable to operate.
If these vetoes are not overridden by the Legislature, South Carolina will be the only state without a public agency mandated to bring access to the arts to all of our citizens. The state's small investment in the arts yields significant, statewide returns for education, quality of life, and our economy.
ACTION YOU SHOULD TAKE NOW: Sign this petition, share it with your friends, and contact your state senator and representative, asking them to override vetoes #1 and #21. Contact your state legislator here: www.scstatehouse.gov.