Following an epic 12-hour session in which more than 100 amendments were proposed, the S.C. House has given its early approval to a $24.5 billion state budget, including $7 billion in General Fund tax revenue, for the upcoming fiscal year, according to the South Carolina Radio Network. Much of yesterday’s debate was devoted to thwarted Democratic efforts to expand Medicaid eligibility and to fully fund K-12 education as called for by the state’s own funding formula. The package is expected to go to the Senate after another procedural vote today.
Several members of South Carolina’s delegation to Washington — Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and Congressman Joe Wilson — have asked Gov. Nikki Haley to “explore any legal avenues” to keep a controversial nuclear project online at the Savannah River Site, WLTX reports. The controversial project, the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility, is a first-of-its-kind effort to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel, which has been dogged by delays and cost overruns. The U.S. Department of Energy recently slashed funding for MOX facility, placing it on “cold standby.”
State lawmakers are so concerned about your freedom of speech, as long as you aren’t talking up the gays in public institutions, that they have codified into law the right of students to distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution on college campuses. Never mind that no one has ever tried to stop kids from doing that in South Carolina. Apparently it has happened before, out in California, WLTX reports. If we don’t halt this scourge now, zombie voters may bring such tyranny to our doorstep. File under: “Another waste of time and resources courtesy of your General Assembly.”
According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, SCE&G’s V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County failed to screen out a suspected arsonist from its applicant file, allowing him to work there as a contract employee in late 2010, The State’s Sammy Fretwell reports. An NRC spokesman said such security failings are rare and taken very seriously, even though, in this case, the man was fired and no incidents occurred.
The Darla Moore School of Business, the University of South Carolina’s international MBA program, has regained the No. 1 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, WBTW reports. Go Cocks!