View from the Dome – May 31, 2019
By Copper Dome Strategies, LLC

Although the General Assembly has adjourned for the year (see the May 24 edition of View from the Dome, “General Assembly’s Extra Days Resolve Differences on State Budget, Carolina Panthers HQ Tax Incentives”), Gov. Henry McMaster released his vetoes of the state budget this past week.


McMaster exercised his veto authority on the state budget H.4000 after the House and Senate adopted the Conference Report resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions last week. The governor issued 28 vetoes totaling $40.7 million vetoed. McMaster noted the small number of vetoes was due to a successful partnership working in cooperation with legislative leadership on the front end of the budget process and looked forward to continuing a cordial working relationship with the General Assembly.

In his veto message, McMaster described a number of his vetoes as pass-thru earmarks void of necessary transparency. Included among the vetoes were:

  • $500,000 — State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education – Proviso 25.11, Tech Awareness and Education Initiative
  • $11 million — Judicial Department – Proviso 118.16, Case Management System Modernization
  • $170,000 — Department of Juvenile Justice – Proviso118.16, Child Advocacy Centers
  • General Provisions — Proviso 117.170, Early Childhood Education Study Committee

The General Assembly could return to Columbia at any time to address the governor’s vetoes, or they could wait and address them when session convenes again in January.

Read the governor’s veto message here. “In my inaugural address, I asked my colleagues in the General Assembly to work with me in a new spirit of communication, cooperation and collaboration. We may wear different jerseys, but we are all on the same team,” McMaster writes.

Information on the budget can be found here.

Individual state agency budget requests can be found here.


Copper Dome Strategies will provide a look back at the 2019 legislative session in the coming weeks.