Here Come the Budget Busters!
State agencies have begun submitting their budget requests for next year. Ever wonder how government grows so much, so fast? Here’s where it starts.
Major requests for budget hikes
- The Lt. Governor’s Office is asking for $5 million for the Senior Services Administration. That would double the program from last year.
- The Dept. of Health and Human Services is requesting a 9.6 percent increase from last year. In total, and including the $69 million in additional spending HHS says it needs as a result of “Obamacare,” HHS is asking for $6.5 billion for FY2014.
- The Commission on Minority Affairs is requesting 39 percent increase in budget.
- USC Columbia requesting $167 million more than last year – an increase of 17.4 percent.
- Clemson is requesting $ 116.8 million more than last year – an increase of 14.1 percent.
- Francis Marion University is requesting $30.2 million more than last year – an increase of 51.5 percent.
Requests for new items and capital projects
- Lander University is requesting an additional $36 million for a new “Athenaeum.”
- Francis Marion University is requesting an additional $25 million in new buildings
- The Election Commission is requesting an additional $5 for a new voting system, and an additional $1.2 million for statewide primaries.
- Clemson is requesting an additional $5 million for agriculture research equipment, an additional $3 million for an Advanced Plant Technology Lab, an additional $10 million for a Freshmen Engineering and Science Hall, an additional $25 million for a Business and Behavioral Sciences Building, and $10 million in additional new recurring items.
- USC Columbia is requesting an additional $5 million for an undefined program called “On Your Time Graduation,” an additional $15 million Hamilton College, and an additional $2 million for the School of Medicine Roofing and HVAC.
- The Dept. of Transportation is requesting an additional $52 million for port access road improvements.
- The Dept. of Revenue requesting an additional $12.3 million for a new computer upgrade. (The $4.3 million already allocated for the project hasn’t been spent – the reason for a tripling in the amount isn’t clear).