The fight over state earmarks is going to be a tough one for Charleston schools.
Last week, a Senate panel approved a state budget that removed millions of dollars in earmarks from the version of the budget the House had approved.
It’s unlikely this will last through a full hearing from the Senate and later negotiations with the House, particularly when you consider that Senate leader Glenn McConnell and House Speaker Bobby Harrell both hail from Charleston, which has a few buns in that earmark oven.
Details of the budget show spending eliminated or cut for young adult education, hydrogen research, computer systems at The Citadel and a College of Charleston science center.
It’s also unclear whether this kind of wholesale earmark deletion would complicate the efforts by local legislators to find the more than $10 million the Charleston County School District needs to make up for lost state Education Department funding.