A new state House ad hoc committee announced this week will try to find ways to overhaul South Carolina's tax laws. House Speaker Jay Lucas announced the new House Tax Policy Review Committee on Tuesday. The 14-member bipartisan committee is tasked with reviewing South Carolina's income, sales and property taxes. Lucas hopes to make the tax code "broader" and "flatter" -- which conservatives usually say when they hope to eliminate deductions
Included in this evening's newscast: -- A top financial panel gave its okay this morning for $32 million in upgrades to a football stadium -- over the objections of Gov. Nikki Haley. -- State employees learned they will not have to pick up the cost increase for their health insurance next year. -- Bond has been denied for a Chester County mother accused of killing her 4-day-old-son by putting him in the refrigerator for three
State employees will not have to pay for an increase in their health insurance costs next year. The South Carolina Fiscal Accountability Authority agreed Tuesday to pay the increase in contributions towards employees' health plans, a 0.8 percent jump. According to The State newspaper, South Carolina’s contribution to an employee's health plan will go from $360 a month to $363 for the employee. For an employee’s entire family, the state’s
A new federal lawsuit claims South Carolina's prison agency should have done more to care for an inmate whose kidney infection was left untreated and eventually caused his death last year. The Greenville News first reported the complaint was filed Monday on behalf of 27-year-old Victor Rogers's family. Department of Corrections (SCDC) officials said Rogers was found unresponsive in his cell in March 2015. No cause was given at the time, but
South Carolina's top financial accountability panel gave its okay Tuesday for Coastal Carolina University to proceed with work on $31.8 million in upgrades to its football stadium, over the pronounced objections of Gov. Nikki Haley. The State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) approved the renovations to Brooks Stadium in a tight 3-2 vote Tuesday. The school says the upgrades are necessary because Coastal’s football program is moving up to
Included in the newscast: -- Mosquitos found with West Nile virus at Charleston-area naval installation, but no human cases at this time. -- Tropical Depression Fiona weakens in Atlantic, but Tropical Storm Gaston strengthening.
South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in 15 years last month, although the decline was due more to people exiting the labor force rather than an increase in new jobs. The state Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) released its July labor data Friday, announcing the jobless rate had fallen to […]
Every county in South Carolina is now considered to be in some sort of drought, according to the state’s Drought Response Committee. In its meeting earlier this week, the committee upgraded 14 counties to “incipient” (lowest-stage) drought after rainfall significantly declined in those areas over the past month. Those counties are mostly in the Midlands and […]