Catawbas file application for N.C. casino project
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation is filing an application with federal officials to build a gambling casino in North Carolina that the tribe says will create thousands of new jobs.
Catawba Chief Bill Harris said the tribe hopes the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs will move swiftly to approve the application. Harris says the casino and entertainment complex would be built on 16 acres along busy Interstate 85 just across the state line in North Carolina.
Officials in North Carolina’s Cleveland County said they welcome the casino. The county is facing high unemployment.
But the project is facing stiff opposition from North Carolina lawmakers. They promise to fight it – even though the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians already operates a bustling casino in the western part of the state.
The Associated Press
Gov. Haley rising health care costs ‘unsustainable’
NORTH CHARLESTON Gov. Nikki Haley told more than 1,000 health-care experts here Monday that rising health care costs, particularly Medicaid costs, in South Carolina and across the country are diverting money away from other top priorities.
“When we look at the growth of Medicaid and of health care costs in general, over the last 40 years, we’re seeing rises that we know we can’t sustain,” Haley said. “It’s crystal clear it’s unsustainable, and if we fail to fundamentally change the system, we will continue to have problems.”
The governor addressed the national Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference. She is scheduled to attend an international car show in Germany starting Tuesday.
The Medicaid conference at the Charleston Area Convention Center drew about 1,200 people from around the country this week.
“Gov. Haley knows health care,” said S.C. Medicaid director Tony Keck, who also addressed the conference Monday. “She understands that health is more than just health services. It’s more than just health insurance. It’s about jobs. It’s about education. It’s about strong families, strong communities.”
South Carolina is one of 22 states that will not expand its Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. The federal law will help states pay to expand Medicaid to anyone who earns up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, about $15,800 a year for a single adult. In South Carolina, more than 300,000 residents would have become eligible for a Medicaid card under the expansion plan, but it is optional.
“I’m very comfortable sleeping at night knowing we’re doing this at our pace and not at D.C.’s,” Haley said during a press conference Monday.
Lauren Sausser, The (Charleston) Post and Courier
Governor’s schedule and activities
Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest of this week, announced Monday by her staff, is:
Tuesday to Saturday: Attend the Frankfurt Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany.
According to her office, the governor activities last week included:
4 – Economic-development activities, three meetings and a speech at the Colonial Trust Co.’s 100th anniversary in Greer
2 each – Meetings concerning state policy; also, two meetings with or concerning state agencies, including a Budget and Control board meeting
1 each – Meeting with a constituent; media activity, to announce a new state Corrections Department director; also, a meeting with the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina to discuss education reform; and a ceremonial duty, joining with the United Way in recognizing the Suicide Prevention LifeLine
Busiest day – Wednesday, with four activities
Slowest day – Friday, with two activities
Of note – The governor’s schedule included no activities for Labor Day, Sept. 2