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.
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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.”
▪ 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
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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.
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