Gov. Haley of South Carolina vetoed funds for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, along with funding for teachers salaries, sickle cell organizations, indigent defense, etc. Notice how all those target minority populations–African Americans, women, the poor. All South Carolina needs to do, like the country on general, is force the rich to pay their fair share of taxes. But no, low effective tax rates for the wealthy are more important than rape victims or little uninsured black kids dying from sickle cell anemia. Rape is distracting, says Gov. Haley.
I went to grad school in South Carolina and it was miserable for the poor and disadvantaged even during boom times. These cuts will affect those with the weakest voice in the state government. The state ranks 42nd in regards to per capita income. African Americans are 28% of the population and 22% Of the legislature. However, they have never had an African American as Governor, Lieutenant Governor and I would go so far as to say that they have never held the position of Senate Majority Leader either. It has the lowest percentage of female legislators in the nation at 9.4% (this figure is disturbingly low). The state ranks 7th highest in the nation regarding the number of women killed by men. It has a higher than national average rate of sexual assault and has had that dubious distinction since 1982.