When Gov. Nikki Haley gives her annual assessment of South Carolina tonight, she's bound to say a few familiar things.
In no particular order, here is some of what The Buzz expects to hear:
Lots and lots and lots of jobs announced in the last three years ... Need to approve her K-12 education plan to win more jobs ... "It's a great day in South Carolina" ... Reduce red tape to help businesses ... The Boeing expansion ... Something vaguely anti-union ...
Victory lap for the Department of Administration finally heading for her desk ... That company that makes flat screen TVs coming in the state ... States are better at fixing problems than Washington ... South Carolina's business climate is improving according to a trade magazine ranking ... Something against Obamacare ...
Gotta fix roads and bridges -- but without raising taxes ... Getting folks off welfare and into jobs ... Sacrifices of military families with a mention of her husband's year-long military deployment ... How the state is becoming the nation's tire-making hub ... Something about rising college tuition ...
Must pass ethics reform by the end of the legislative session ... Tax relief ... Giving more help to rural areas -- backbone of the state ... Select government labor statistics that show only how South Carolina's is economy improving ... Something about the awesome seasons for Clemson and USC football.
Tune in at 7 p.m. to see how much of this is in her address.
No DSS boss at hearing today
DSS director Lillian Koller is back in the office after an undisclosed ailment but won't sit before a special state Senate oversight panel probing her agency today.
Jessica Hanak-Coulter, the department's deputy director of human services, will get the hot seat when senators follow up from their hearing last week with families and advocates.
That doesn't mean Koller is off the hook.
Expressing sensitivity to Koller's health, (Democratic state Sen. Joel) Lourie added that the panel's work would "not be completed until we hear directly from her."
I have to ask the governor
State Sen. Shane Martin showed how to get the governor's attention.
The Spartanburg Republican held up a vote Monday on a government restructuring bill that was one of Gov. Nikki Haley's top priorities this year.
He wanted to ask what Gov. Nikki Haley thought of the compromise that would give the governor more power by eliminating the Budget and Control Board but not over procurement.
He waited and continued to hold the Senate floor for much of the afternoon. Key committee meetings were cancelled.
How important was the bill to Haley? She invited him to the first floor of the State House for a chat.
Satisfied, Martin then stopped his filibuster and the Senate passed the bill, like the House did unanimously earlier in the day.
"Psst, wanna buy a state road?": The S.C. House’s top budget writer has an idea about how the state can close its $29 billion deficit in money that it has for road repairs over the next 20 years: Give some of the state's 41,409 miles of roads away go local governments. Full story
Another State House good-bye: State Rep. B.R. Skelton became the third House member to announce his retirement after the current term. Full story
Latest on the tater tussle: Michigan potato farmers who are embroiled in a dispute over large water withdrawals in South Carolina are seeking to dismiss a court challenge that they say threatens a successful harvest of 36 million pounds of spuds this spring. Full story
Doing more than the minimum: S.C. employers would have to pay workers at least $1 an hour more than the federal minimum wage if two bills filed Tuesday pass the General Assembly. Full story
Harrell the headliner: S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, under a grand jury investigation on ethics allegations, was scheduled to head a fundraiser for a political action committee with ties to him last night in Columbia. Full story
The fight over tiny flags on the Winthrop campus: Nearly 3,000 small pink and blue flags on Winthrop University’s campus –– displayed as part of an anti-abortion campaign –– have stirred debate among students this week during the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. Full story
Review sought in corrections case: The state prison system is asking a circuit judge who ruled that the treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional standards to amend his order and address various defense arguments that lawyers for the state contend weren’t properly addressed in the order. Full story
Steve's plan: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin laid out on Tuesday a road map for his second term, floating ideas from banning cars in Five Points on weekends to allowing a private recycling company to build a sludge-to-fertilizer plant next to the city’s sewer treatment facility. Full story
Play ball: Columbia City Council on Tuesday voted to open formal negotiations with a minor-league baseball team owner to build a public stadium in the proposed Bull Street neighborhood and asked for draft contracts in two weeks. Full story
He's no dummy: South Carolina's GOP party director is outraged about NAACP's North Carolina head calling out Sen. Tim Scott of North Charleston for parroting the Tea Party line. (Plus, Scott responds).
Lindsey shoots again: South Carolina's senior senator tweets again (OK, retweets) about his use of firearms.
Gov. Nikki Haley's public schedule
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