South Carolina's Gov. Mark Sanford is still kicking and screaming about taking $700 million from the feds in stimulus funds. Why? Because he'd rather pay down the state's debt than help out the state's struggling schools.
Rumor is, he's gearing up for a 2012 presidential run.
Try as he might to leave stimulus money on the table, it appears likely that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will be force-fed $700 million from the federal government. On Monday, Sanford lost in his attempt to have a federal court, as opposed to South Carolinas Supreme Court, hear two lawsuits  that seek to force him to accept the stimulus money.
South Carolina is facing a projected $871 million budget deficit , and Sanford has stood fast in his assertion that he would accept $700 million in fiscal stabilization money a subset of stimulus funding that is largely earmarked for education only if he could use it to pay down existing debt. The state legislature defied Sanford and budgeted the money for education.
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