Posted by CASSIE COPE on November 22, 2014
A House proposal that failed last year could form the foundation of a solution to South Carolina’s K-12 education-funding crisis.
The proposal would establish a statewide property tax rate to pay for schools. The taxes collected from businesses and industries would be distributed among the state’s 82 school districts, based on their student population.
Taxes from mega-industrial deals — including Boeing in Charleston County, BMW in Spartanburg County, nuclear reactors in Fairfield County and tire makers in Sumter and Aiken counties — would be spread among all schools across the state’s 46 counties, helping eliminate the disparity in the amount of money that industry-poor rural counties now have to spend on schools.
Posted by JAMIE SELF on November 22, 2014
More than a decade after a bitter feud ended with it being moved from atop the State House’s dome to its grounds, the Confederate flag remains a racially divisive symbol in South Carolina. Most whites say it should continue flying on the State House grounds; most African Americans say it should be removed, according to an exclusive Winthrop poll asked for The State.
Posted by Andrew Shain on November 22, 2014
During her 10-day trade mission to recruit businesses and tourists, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was a constant presence in the Indian press.
Posted by SAMANTHA EHLINGER and DANIEL SALAZAR on November 20, 2014
South Carolina Republicans cried foul Thursday about President Barack Obama’s decision to act on immigration, calling it an overreaching act that misreads this year’s midterm election results.
Posted by JAMIE SELF on November 21, 2014
Palmetto state gay marriages were underway Thursday as S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson was denied a stay by the United States Supreme Court. Wilson said the issue still is unresolved because the nation’s highest court has not weighed in on conflicting rulings in the circuit courts on state same-sex marriage bans.
MORNING BUZZ: First same-sex marriage licenses issued in South Carolina + Gov. Nikki Haley hopes India trip brings jobs, tourists to state
Posted by CASSIE COPE on November 20, 2014