Make-or-break week on Senate roads debate
State Senate leaders canceled two committee meetings planned for Tuesday so senators can debate a plan to repair the state’s crumbling roads. The six-month-long session is going into its seventh week, and nothing has been accomplished on the issue yet. When senators went home last week, they left after two days of a filibuster by state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort. Davis opposes increasing state’s 16.75-cent-a-gallon gas tax and wants changes to the Transportation Department Commission. Whether senators can overcome that filibuster this week will be an indicator on if they will be able to pass a road-repair proposal at all this year.
Ways and Means to unveil its budget
The S.C. House Ways and Means Committee will have its budget deliberations this week. When the budget-writing panel unveils how it proposes the state spend $1.2 million in added money, state agencies will get a glimpse at what they can expect when the state’s mew budget becomes law July 1. Still, the full House and Senate will have to OK the state spending plan.
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S.C. Democratic primary Saturday
After Donald Trump won the S.C. Republican primary on Saturday, eyes will now be on the Democrats who are trying to get the Palmetto State’s vote.
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will take part in a CNN town hall from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the University of South Carolina.
The S.C. Democratic presidential primary is Saturday.