Don't count on $700 million, South Carolina governor warns

The StateApril 4, 2009 

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford secured South Carolina’s $2.8 billion share of federal aid Friday but warned teachers, school districts and others not to plan on $700 million for classrooms, colleges and public safety.

In a letter to the White House budget office, Sanford reiterated that he will not apply for the $700 million portion of funds. He is asking state lawmakers to use an equivalent amount to pay off debt.

“They’re not going to get that money,” Sanford said Friday of school districts. Sanford was the nation’s final governor to request the money.

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