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Bull Street Cost to Taxpayers Rises to $199 Million

Plus, Gamecock Draft Fever!
By Eva Moore
Monday, May 12, 2014 |

The total taxpayer investment in the Bull Street project is likely to hit at least $199 million, The State reports today. The previous highest estimate had been about $137 million. The city plans to borrow $86 million, $57 million of it for roads, water and sewer, two parking garages and other infrastructure, and $29 million of it to build a baseball stadium. But if one factors in the latest estimates of interest and loan issuance fees, “[r]epaying $86,126,000 in loans would cost $198,809,599 by the year 2052,” say the city’s finance folks.

Circuit Judge Casey Manning might decide today whether the state attorney general can continue to pursue a criminal investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, or whether that power should rest with elected officials on the House Ethics Committee.

Gary Burgess, a black candidate for state superintendent of education running in the GOP primary, is calling on the NAACP to end its boycott of South Carolina because the boycott hurts schools, WIS reports. The group has boycotted the state since 1999 over its placement of the Confederate flag on the State House grounds. Burgess claimed that “at a recent conference in D.C. he asked the NAACP for help but because of the boycott they refused.”

Following defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s first overall pick in the NFL draft last week, another Gamecock was selected in the draft over the weekend: wide receiver Bruce Ellington will play for the San Francisco 49ers. Former USC quarterback Connor Shaw was selected as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns — the same team that chose the much-hyped Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel late in the first round. Gamecocks everywhere are hopeful that Manziel will crumble, allowing Shaw a chance to prove himself on the field. (One pundit called Shaw’s selection “the most brilliant thing the Browns could have done post-Manziel drafting” and predicted Cleveland fans would turn on Johnny Football within two years.) Also selected as undrafted free agents were Kelcy Quarles, Jimmy Legree and Chaz Sutton.

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