State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, will pick back up with filibuster of the state reserve spending proposal when the Senate convenes at noon with three days left in the session. Davis is arguing that money in the budget should pay for roads instead of increasing the state’s gas tax. Yesterday, House Ways and Means Committee members agreed by suggesting $150 million more to counties should go to roads in surplus money.
S.C. State University interim board to meet Tuesday
The interim S.C. State University board meets for its second time at 10 a.m. in Orangeburg. The board, led by former S.C. Secretary of Commerce Charles Way, will receive updates on the school's finances and fundraising campaign. The General Assembly fired the school's trustees last month after they were unable to curb a deficit that has grown to $20 million. S.C. State's accreditors will vote later this month whether to remove the school from probation because of financial and governance issues.
Two 2016 White House hopefuls in Columbia
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is still weighing a 2016 GOP presidential bid, will speak to the Richland County GOP at the Liberty Tap Room on Gervais St. at 4:30 p.m. before attending two private receptions – one for his PAC, Leadership Matters for America, and another with S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has announced he's running for president, will speak to the S.C. House GOP Caucus at the First Citizens Cafe on Main Street in Columbia at 5:30 p.m. Huckabee, who narrowly lost the 2008 S.C. GOP presidential primary, was in town at the No Name Deli two weeks ago.
At 12:30 p.m.online ride-sharing service Uber supporters will rally at the State House to support a bill allowing Uber to operate in South Carolina has stalled in the Senate despite receiving preliminary approval less than two weeks ago.
Three senators have objected to the bill, delaying a final vote. Last week, Haley sent a letter to senators, asking them to pass the bill, already approved by the House. Without the bill, Uber faces a challenge from state regulators to continue its competition with taxi companies.