Stories by Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Haley is sent budget with $216 million for road repairs

COLUMBIA - A budget that distributes $216 million to counties for road repair and provides $70 million toward infrastructure promised to Volvo was approved Tuesday by the South Carolina Legislature.
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SC Senate rejects last-ditch effort to force roads debate

COLUMBIA - The legislative session will end without a long-term plan to fix South Carolina's deteriorating roads, despite the House's last-ditch effort to pressure the Senate into passing one.
By Seanna Adcox

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Board agrees to loan extension for SC State

The Budget and Control Board voted unanimously to extend the final due date to June 2020, with a first payment of $355,036 required next summer.
By Seanna Adcox

Senate leader asks SC's most powerful politician to step down

South Carolina's most powerful politician said that he has no intention of stepping down as the state Senate's leader, despite Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler's request that he do so.
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Much work remains before a state budget is possible

COLUMBIA - South Carolina legislators' chief responsibility when they reconvene will be passing a state budget for the fiscal year that starts just two weeks later. 
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, June 11, 2015

South Carolina State University remains open, on probation

A decision Thursday to keep the troubled South Carolina State University's accreditation on probation removed an immediate threat of forced closure for the state's only historically black public ...
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

SC senators advance measure to keep state government running if no budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A bill advanced that would keep South Carolina state government running if the fiscal year starts July 1 without a budget, but questions remain on how that would impact the ...
By Seanna Adcox

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Suit challenges SC tuition rules

COLUMBIA - A federal lawsuit accuses South Carolina of unconstitutionally denying college scholarships to resident U.S. citizens and forcing them to pay out-of-state tuition.
By Seanna Adcox

Monday, June 8, 2015

SC budget unlikely before fiscal year begins

COLUMBIA- South Carolina will almost certainly start the fiscal year July 1 without a budget. A six-member committee of House and Senate members concluded Mon­day that it's futile to try to get a ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, June 4, 2015

South Carolina's 'disappointing' legislative session ends

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's legislative session drew to a close Thursday without a state budget and with most of lawmakers' priority issues left undone.
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Legislators OK Haley's request to borrow $123 million for Volvo

COLUMBIA — A legislative panel approved Gov. Nikki Haley’s request to borrow $123 million for infrastructure promised to Volvo, but only after castigating the creative, interest-only financing ...
By Seanna Adcox

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Borrowing costs of Volvo package could tally $87 million

The incentives package that brought Volvo to South Carolina could cost taxpayers an additional $87 million if the state pays for promised infrastructure improvements.
By Seanna Adcox

Monday, June 1, 2015

Proposals ask for $220 million for streets, Volvo

The House's budget-writing committee advanced Monday plans to put $150 million of additional revenue toward fixing existing roads and $70 million toward meeting South Carolina's promises to Volvo.
By Seanna Adcox

Saturday, May 30, 2015

South Carolina income tax rates much lower than portrayed

Gov. Nikki Ha­ley is demanding that legislators cut personal income taxes to make South Caro­lina more competitive. However, South Carolina's effective rate - what people actually pay - ...
By Seanna Adcox

Friday, May 29, 2015

SC legislators have full discretion over additional $300M

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s economic advisers officially certified Friday a windfall in tax collections, giving legislators an additional $300 million in discretionary spending.
By Seanna Adcox

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

S.C. Senate takes up road funding bill

COLUMBIA - With just four days left in South Carolina's regular legislative session, the Senate finally began debating a bill to fund road and bridge construction.
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SC Senate remains stalled over budget, road funding

COLUMBIA, S.C. - With six days left in the legislative session, senators are at an impasse over the upcoming state budget and how to fix South Carolina's deteriorating roads.
By Seanna Adcox

Senate panel OKs DHEC chief

The Senate Medical Affairs Committee on Thursday advanced the confirmation of Greenville attorney Catherine Heigel, a former Duke Energy executive, as director of the Department of Health and ...
By Seanna Adcox

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SC needs more educated workers

COLUMBIA - Lawmakers should look at higher education as an investment, rather than a cost, because South Carolina's future depends on a more educated workforce, a former Democratic governor and ...
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Abortion opponent blocks bill

Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, on Thursday began filibustering a bill that would ban abortion past 19 weeks because he opposes a compromise that would provide exceptions.
By Seanna Adcox
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