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MORNING BUZZ: Haley’s veto threat + S.C. State’s ‘slim’ bailout chance

Haley threatens veto on legislative roads plans

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday she would veto both the House and Senate proposals to repair South Carolina’s battered roads – plans she said in letters to both chambers amounted to a “massive tax increase” on S.C. residents.

On Tuesday, a House panel passed a proposal that would increase the state’s gas tax by the equivalent of 10 cents a gallon. The House plan also proposes increasing the state’s current cap on its sales tax on vehicles to $500 from $300.

To borrow or not to borrow

The Associated Press reported that Haley, who helped kill a House GOP-backed borrowing plan for building projects that she said was running up the state’s “credit card” debt, approved more than $1 billion in state borrowing as the head of the state’s financial oversight board.

Slim chances for S.C. State?

South Carolina State University’s leader asked a state Senate panel Tuesday to give the financially troubled school all of the $23.5 million that it needs to eliminate its deficit.

But that panel’s chairman, Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, said, “I would hate to guesstimate what we may or may not do, but $23.5 million, the chances of receiving that would be slim.”

Buzzing today

▪  The S.C. Department of Social Services, which has requested money to hire additional child-welfare caseworkers to decrease heavy caseloads, will present its budget request to a Senate Finance panel (9:30 a.m. / Gressette 207)

▪  A House panel will take up a bill aimed at requiring agendas for public meetings (9 a.m. / Blatt 516)

▪  Gov. Haley will speak at 9 a.m. at the Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Trade Fair, Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia

S.C. Clicks

Testing, testing: State employees, lawmakers and others who work at the State House soon will be alerted to emergencies via text messages and emails. Click here for info on where to sign up.

BJU faulted on sex-abuse response: A watchdog group called Bob Jones University's response to a two-year investigation into its handling of reports of sexual abuse "shallow words backed largely by inaction," The Greenville News wrote.

Leave out the guns: The Post and Courier reported the a House panel approved a criminal-domestic violence reform bill, but not with a controversial gun ban.

From the source: State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has formed a student advisory panel made up of college, high- and middle-school students across the state, including from a private school.

Cha-ching! BMW rolls out 3-millionth vehicle made in SC

Buzz Click: Southern Charm recap

In this weeks episode: keep the martinis flowing, Thomas Ravenel wants to be a senator and we learn the meaning of “Renob”

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