S.C. State University, trying to navigate a $13 million cash shortfall, will get plenty of attention in Columbia today.
The Budget and Control Board, headed by Gov. Nikki Haley, will get an update on efforts by the state's only historically black public college to ease the budget crunch. Haley gathered S.C. State trustees for a meeting a year ago and asked them to fix the school's financial and leadership problems.
S.C. State officials also will make a budget pitch to a Senate panel today.
The school has enough money to pay employees through the end of the state's fiscal year on June 30 but will run out of money soon to pay bills. School leaders said services to students will not be effected.
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Bruuuuuuuce at the State House: Bruce Ellington turned heads at the NFL Combine last month, and, on Tuesday, the former Gamecocks star turned heads at the S.C. State House. The S.C. House and Senate honored the Moncks Corner native who played football and basketball for USC. Full story
Company eyes USC for research space: Tech-titan IBM and construction-giant Fluor reportedly are looking to lease a large portion of a new office building, planned for the University of South Carolina's campus, to do research and information technology work, a source familiar with the project told The State on Tuesday. The companies initially would employ 50 workers but add another 450 people within a few years at the school's Innovista researchcampus. Full story
It's a disaster -- request: Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday officially asked for a federal disaster declaration for the Feb. 10-14 winter storm, citing damages of $54 million to government agencies and utilities focused in 21 counties. Fullstory
Card folds from College of Charleston race: Then there were three. Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card removed his named from the list of finalists for president at the College of Charleston, the school said Tuesday. Card also was considered a candidate to lead his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, in 2008. Full story
Arrested development: Eleven protesters were arrested Tuesday for blocking the roadway leading into the State House garage, a Columbia Police Department spokeswoman said. A group of about two dozen protesters gathered at the Pendleton Street entranceto the State House parking garage -- and proceeded to block the roadway -- in protest of the state's rejection of Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act, which they say will lead tounnecessary deaths. Fullstory
DeMint: "never been part of a tea party"
DeMint: Never been tea party: Ex-U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, in an interview with Wall Street Journal Live's Mary Kissel about his new book, "Falling in Love with America Again," dismissed the tea party mantle as something with which candidates challenging powerful congressional incumbents identify, though they may espouse to similar ideas, he said.
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From the story:
Kissel pressed DeMint to explain why tea party candidate Matt Bevin is losing ground in his race to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the GOP nomination in Kentucky. “We’re not involved in that,” DeMint said. “Heritage doesn’t get involved in elections.”
“Well, philosophically you back Matt Bevin,” Kissel probed.
“I’m not involved with it at all,” DeMint shot back. “What we’re doing is trying to cultivate the right ideas.”
“You’re seen as one of the backers – one of the intellectual godfather of the tea party,” Kissel said. “So, whether or not, financially, Heritage backs these candidates is a separate issue.”
She pivoted to Kansas where a second tea party candidate is trailing the incumbent Republican. “You can’t say one candidate is tea party and the other is not,” DeMint said.
“Oh, come on, Senator,” Kissel interjected. “Milton Wolf, Matt Bevin, Steve Stockman in Texas. They’re all running under the tea party banner and they’re all trailing by double digits. Why?”
“I don’t know if they’re calling themselves tea party candidates or not,” DeMint replied. “I’m called a senator tea party and I’ve never been a part of a tea party in my life. I’ve been to a lot of meetings.”
Gov. Nikki Haley's public schedule today
9 a.m.: Hold a Budget and Control Board meeting on the State House grounds
Noon: Address the Aiken Republican Club in Newberry Hall
3 p.m.: Designate March 2014 as "March into Literacy Month" in SouthCarolina in the State House lobby
State House Clicks
Booze on Election Day: South Carolina is the last state in the country that bans liquor sales on Election Day, but that could end before voters choose a governor and two U.S. senators in November. A bill scheduled for discussion by an S.C. House panel Wednesday would make buying whiskey, vodka and scotch legal when polls are open statewide. Full story
Senator apologizes to investment agency: A co-chairman of a Senate panel reviewing the state Retirement Systems Investment Commission apologized Tuesday to that agency, which manages the investments for the state’s $28 billion pension fund. Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, said that statements made against the investment commission during hearings "questioning people's morals and ethics" were "highly disturbing and irresponsible." Lourie didn’t name who he was talking about but said it was a member of the commission. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, a member of the commission, has long criticized the commission’s management of the fund, arguing that the investment fees are too high and the performance of the investments too low. Full story
What's in Obama's 2015 budget?: A breakdown by agency, excluding spending on automatic benefit and subsidy programs that together account for 70 percent of government spending. Full story
CIA surveillance of U.S. Senate intelligence study questioned: The CIA Inspector General’s Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program, McClatchy has learned. The criminal referral may be related to what several knowledgeable people said was CIA monitoring of computers used by Senate aides to prepare the study. The monitoring may have violated an agreement between the committee and the agency. Full story
Obama's budget threatens MOX: President Barack Obama's 2015 budget proposal would freeze funding for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, currently under construction at the Savannah River Site, while less costly options for disposing of nuclear waste are explored. Full story
Columbia OKs contract for minor-league baseball stadium: Columbia tentatively authorized a contract to build a publicly funded baseball stadium Tuesday despite months of increasingly vocal disagreements from residents and reluctance among a council minority. On a 4-3 vote, City Council gave the first of two required approvals to a deal with Atlanta-based Hardball Capital to bring a minor-league baseball team to the Capital City to play in a projected $35 million, year-round ballpark. Full story
Election 2014 Click
: Shortly after the first episode of his new TV show "Southern Charm" aired on Bravo, ex-S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel of Charleston said he's considering running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in November, if the senator wins the GOP nomination. Ravenel would run as an independent libertarian, he said. Political scientists downplayed his chances of winning after pleading guilty in 2007 to a federal cocaine charge that drove him from office. Full story
State House meetings
9 a.m.: Finance Health and Human Services Subcommittee Budget Hearings(Gressette Room 207 / Agenda)
9 a.m.: Higher Education Subcommittee(Gressette Room 307 / Agenda)
9 a.m.: Judiciary Subcommittee on S.817(Gressette Room 105 / Agenda)
9:30 a.m.: Finance Criminal Justice Subcommittee Budget Hearing(Gressette Room 407 / Agenda)
9:30 a.m.: Agriculture and Natural Resources Environmental Subcommitte(Gressette Room 209 / Agenda)
10 a.m.: Finance Higher Education Budget Subcommittee(Gressette Room 307 / Agenda)
10 a.m.: L.C.I. Regulatory Subcommittee(Gressette Room 308 / Agenda)
10 a.m.: Judiciary Subcommittee on Court Rules(Gressette Room 105 / Agenda)
10 a.m.: Finance Constitutional Subcommittee Budget Hearing(Gressette Room 408 / Agenda)
10:30 a.m.: Finance K-12 Education Subcommittee Budget Hearing(Gressette Room 406 / Agenda)
11 a.m.: Transportation Committee(Gressette Room 209 / Agenda)
11 a.m.: Banking and Insurance Subcommittee on S.886, S.1026 and S.1065(Gressette Room 407 / Agenda)
11 a.m.: Fish, Game and Forestry Committee on S.714, S.850, S.1010, S.1028 and H.4541(Gressette Room 105 / Agenda)
1 p.m.: Judiciary Subcommittee on S.723 and S.755(Gressette Room 308 / Agenda)
9 a.m.: Judiciary Election Laws Subcommittee(Blatt Room 516 / Agenda)
9 a.m.: LCI Regulations Subcommittee(Blatt Room 403 / Agenda)
9 a.m.: 3-M Subcommittee II, Medical Occupational Regulation and Licensing Boards(Blatt Room 427 / Agenda)
9 a.m.: EPW Higher Education Subcommittee on H.4535(Blatt Room 433 / Agenda)
9 a.m.: Judiciary General Laws Subcommittee(Blatt Room 511 / Agenda)
12-2 p.m.: Legislative Luncheon, S.C. Association of Community Development Corporations(Blatt Room 112)
1½ hours after the House adjourns: Judiciary Family and Probate Laws SubcommitteeBlatt Room 516 / Agenda)
8-10 a.m.: Leadership South Carolina, legislative breakfast (Blatt Room 112)
12-2 p.m.: S.C. Association of Community Development Corporations, luncheon for General Assembly members and staff (Blatt Room 112)
6-8 p.m.: American Legislative Exchange Council, reception for General Assembly members and staff(Clarion Hotel Downtown)
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