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From the Dome to Your Home

House and Senate members returned to Columbia on Tuesday, June 29, to consider Gov. Henry McMaster's 15 gubernatorial vetoes in the state budget. Legislators will reconvene in September to consider redistricting and how to use the state's American Rescue Plan allocation. 

State Budget Vetoes 
Both chambers voted to override the same 10 vetoes and sustained the same five vetoes issued by Gov. McMaster in the FY 2021-2022 budget. Included among the overridden vetoes were all of the appropriations for community improvement investments adopted in the state budget last week. As a result, funding for all of the municipal projects that were listed in the budget will be distributed to cities and towns beginning in FY 2021-2022. 

If you have any questions about the budget, contact Joannie Nickel (jnickel@masc.sc) at 803.354.4794. 

American Rescue Plan Update 
The American Rescue Plan designated $65.1 billion to local governments across the nation. In South Carolina, 17 of the state's 271 cities and towns were designated as metropolitan cities, which provides them direct access to their allocation of ARP funds. Before payments can be distributed to the remaining 254 cities and towns, the state must first submit a request to the U.S. Department of Treasury for its allocation from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund.  

South Carolina has not yet submitted to Treasury its request for payment, which means the remaining 254 cities and towns cannot yet access their ARP allocation. Association staff has learned that the General Assembly does not plan to take up the request to Treasury until they return in September. 

The Municipal Association is actively working with legislators, legislative staff, the governor's office and state agency officials, continuing to encourage them to request from Treasury the state and local ARP funds as soon as possible.  

To lend your local voice to statewide requests to draw down state and local ARP funds, contact your House and Senate members and encourage them to ask leadership in the House of Representatives and Senate to act as soon as possible.   

Continue to check the Association's ARP website for up-to-date information. Also, listen to the new episode of the City Quick Connect podcast, where Erica Wright, Jeff Shacker and Charlie Barrineau talk about the ARP and what local officials should be considering as they make plans for the funding.

 If you have questions about ARP, contact Erica Wright (ewright@masc.sc) at 803.354.4793 or Todd Glover (tglover@masc.sc) at 803.354.4754. 

Stay in Touch 
The Municipal Association legislative team is on Twitter. Follow Scott Slatton (@ScottMuniSC), Joannie Nickel (@JoannieMuniSC) and Erica Wright (@EricaMuniSC) for updates from the State House. Also follow the Association at @MuniAssnSC.