Cuts, controversy open House budget debate
Angered by higher college costs and the implosion of S.C. State University, the S.C. House voted Monday to defund the agency that oversees S.C. colleges, while also voting to spend $100 more on students and doubling the pay raises of child-welfare workers.
The move was the most drama-filled moment in the House's first day of debating the budget, except for the part where the electronics went on the fritz and House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, decided to let lawmakers vote by unanimous consent, leading Gov. Nikki Haley to scold them on Facebook. Lucas, out of an "abundance of caution," later asked lawmakers to re-do their votes on the record.
Common Core replacement standards almost official
The S.C. Education Oversight Committee OK'd standards to replace Common Core, putting them a step away from complete approval.
• The S.C. House meets at 9:30 a.m. to continue the debate on the state budget. Lawmakers could take up a planHaley opposes
that wouldborrow $500 million
to pay for college and job-training projects, building maintenance and economic development.
• The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take up a House-passed omnibus ethics bill after killing its own version of ethics reform. (Agenda
South Carolina runs out of lethal injection drug
Justice Pleicones unopposed for short term as SC chief justice
Federal prosecutor alleges kickbacks at Lee charter school
Amazon eyeing adding 500 jobs
FIRST ON BUZZ: Ben Carson coming to SC Freedom Summit in May
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy canceled plans to attend a GOP fundraiser after he learned the event, called 'Beyond Benghazi,' would feature a discussion of the Benghazi attacks.
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