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Lawmakers approve $200,000 earmark for ‘paper’ project

S.C. lawmakers for years have bypassed the normal budget process by quietly slipping in earmarks for thousands – and sometimes millions – of tax dollars for their favorite organizations.

But in rejecting Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of a $200,000 earmark sponsored by Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Beaufort and a member of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee, the General Assembly recently went a step further: It approved spending taxpayer money for a nonprofit housing development that has existed for years only on paper.

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