While other Republican governors had taken issue with requesting money from the $787 billion federal stimulus package, Sanford was the first to defend in court his desire to reject the money.
...The unanimous court ruling said the governor had no say in the matter.
"At this stage in the process, the Governor certainly has no discretion to make a contradictory decision on behalf of the State," the ruling said. "He has no discretion concerning the appropriation of funds."
...South Carolina, which had the nation's third-highest jobless rate in April --hitting a state record high of 11.5 percent --cut more than $1 billion from its $7 billion spending plan for 2008-09 as tax revenues slumped in the recession.
...State education officials estimated schools would eliminate 2,600 education jobs, including 1,500 teachers, without the stimulus money.