EXCLUSIVE: South Carolina tax probe targets private school choice group
The state’s tax agency is investigating the nonprofit that dominates the state’s $8 million-a-year private school choice program.
That nonprofit, Palmetto Kids Scholarship Program, is refusing to reveal the names of families that it has given tuition grants to and has asked a judge to weigh in.
Report suggests how to boost number of S.C. college grads
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A new report suggests increasing the number of college graduates in South Carolina by boosting financial aid for lower- and middle-class students, offering rebates for graduates in high-demand fields and raising state funding to schools that hold down tuition.
The report – released Tuesday by a group of state political, business and academic leaders – aims to drive more cooperation among state universities as well as get businesses involved in improving higher education, including addressing the high cost of going to college, said former Gov. Jim Hodges, who is helping shepherd the effort.
▪ The House Ways and Means subcommittee will meet an hour and a half after the House adjourns to decide on the bill to raise money for roads that was the result of a special transportation committee. A separate subcommittee will consider an income tax cut proposal. Both could be combined as a plan to repair the state’s crumbling roads.
▪ S.C. State will make its budget presentation to a Senate committee at 3 p.m. in Gressette 407.
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Buzz Click: Sea lions in demand, supply low for Riverbanks and other zoos
As Riverbanks Zoo and Garden prepares its new sea lion exhibit, lining up the new zoo residents is every bit as complicated as building the new pool.
The movement of captive California sea lions is rigidly controlled and the marine mammals are highly desired by zoos and aquariums. As hundreds of zoo officials from throughout North America gather this week for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums mid-year meeting at Riverbanks, one of the topics for discussion is the sea lion supply-and-demand struggle.
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