COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - While Gov. Nikki Haley
berates senators for killing her signature issue, House leaders contend
she needs to point the finger at herself, too.
In the final days of the
legislative session, House and Senate members were still struggling to
compromise on their versions of 2 priority items - pension reform and
With the clock running out, Haley called negotiators on the bills into her office.
Furious House leaders say
that's when she made a strategic goof that ensured the restructuring
bill's demise. They say by backing a Senate's plan over their
objections, she removed the Senate's incentive to pass restructuring.
Haley declined to address the House's accusations directly. Senators call it flawed "Monday-morning quarterbacking."
Senators say restructuring had too many opponents for any maneuver to work.