South Carolina Budget May Limit ... Junk Food

It's a slap at Gov. Haley's push to restrict what food stamps can buy

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 3, 2013 5:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – Lawmakers in South Carolina are trying to keep junk food out of the governor's mansion. State senators inserted a clause in the 2013-14 budget plan that would bar Gov. Nikki Haley's office from buying junk food with public money, whether for employee treats or entertaining. The move was a response to state efforts to fight obesity by limiting what people can buy with food stamps, efforts that need federal approval before being implemented.

Democratic Sen. Darrell Jackson of Columbia pushed for the provision. He says it's only fair for Haley to implement with her staff the healthy purchasing that she's promoting for poor people. Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says Jackson is playing political games with a serious health epidemic.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., in March.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., in March.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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