For Immediate Release: Contact: Bakari Sellers
June 12, 2014 (803) 354-6205
Statement from Rep. Bakari Sellers, Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor….
“I am disturbed that our Governor has chosen to turn her back on our state’s seniors. Her veto (number 47) taking away $2 million from the Office on Aging to assist seniors to stay in their homes instead of having to go to expensive nursing homes is a slap in the face to South Carolina seniors. Her veto message that the Office on Aging is growing too quickly does not hold water. Our senior population in South Carolina is one of the fastest growing in the nation. Our seniors want to find ways to age while staying in their own homes, not being placed in the expensive nursing home facilities. Helping seniors stay in their homes improves their quality of life. It helps seniors, many of whom live on a fixed income, hold onto more of their life saving while also saving taxpayers dollars in the long-run. I challenge the Republican candidates for Lt. Governor to join me in asking the General Assembly to overturn this embarrassing veto.”