Wednesday, May 09, 2007


In a sign that lawmakers won't lose sight of the important issues even as children go uninsured and schools are short-changed, the S.C. House has voted to override Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of a boost of the debt ceilings for South Carolina and Clemmons.

"The members of the General Assembly in both bodies overwhelmingly support Clemson and the University of South Carolina being competitive in their respective conferences and will do whatever is necessary to ensure that," said Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, the Gamecocks season ticket-holder who introduced the legislation in February.

They write that almost as if it had something to do with his decision. Which I'm sure, the ethics standards in South Carolina being as tough as they are, cannot possibly be the case.

In 2004, lawmakers passed a bill that raised Clemson’s debt ceiling from $40 million to $60 million, allowing the school to move forward with the WestZone. Legislators made the same increase to USC’s debt limit a year later.
But with USC set to undertake Hyman’s ambitious facilities plan, university officials sought initially to have the debt ceiling removed completely. Lawmakers settled on the $200 million limit. ...
Work recently began on the Gamecocks’ $28 million riverfront baseball stadium. Hyman also hopes to build an $11.9 million academic enrichment center and start a $60 million expansion of Williams-Brice Stadium in the next two years.

Lawmakers were going to increase the ceiling even more, until they found out the remainder was going to go to the Steven O. Spurrier Museum for the Storage of the Confederate Flag.

Maybe next year, Steve.

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