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ISSUE 12.15
Apr. 12, 2013

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Index

News :
Chart(er)ing a new course
Legislative Agenda :
Busy, busy, busy
Radar Screen :
Path to success
Palmetto Politics :
Boeing goeing goe … good
Commentary :
Take the money and save employers from fines
Spotlight :
Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman
My Turn :
Greenberg: Our problems aren't insurmountable
Feedback :
Vent your spleen
Scorecard :
From old hacking to new hacking
Stegelin :
Rematch?
Megaphone :
Incalculable
Tally Sheet :
Lots of bills introduced
Encyclopedia :
About indigo

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$1 billion

That’s how big of an expansion Boeing has announced at its South Carolina facilities, sweetened by a $120 million tax incentive package working its way through the House and Senate.

MEGAPHONE

Incalculable

“The trust fund’s already suffering loss and waste right now because the delay is increasing the cost … If there is a default, which we don’t want to have happen – including relating to our reputation in the investment community – the loss is incalculable.”

-- Darry Oliver, the chief operating officer at the South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission, commenting this week on the ramifications of Treasurer Curtis Loftis’ continued refusal to sign-off on a multimillion dollar check to a private equity firm that manages money for the state pension fund. The commission is suing Loftis and the S.C. Supreme Court has announced it will soon hear the case. More.

TALLY SHEET

Lots of bills introduced

Here are the highlights from bills introduced over the past week:

Bond bill. S. 578 (Leatherman) would allow the state to borrow money for big investment projects, including the deal to provide Boeing with $120 million for its $1 billion investment. S. 610 (Rankin) seeks to include trade shows as qualified economic development projects in bond bills. H. 3900 (Harrell) is a bond bill that specifically appears to relate to the Boeing project.

Trustees. S. 582 (Peeler) would set the date to elect college trustees to be May 7.

P.E. S. 599 (Shealy) would require 90 minutes a week of physical activity for middle- and high-school students, with other provisions including sale of food and beverages.

Infrastructure bank. S. 600 (Peeler) calls for moving the state Infrastructure Bank into the State Transportation Department, with many provisions.

Lobbying. S. 601 (Thurmond) seeks to redefine lobbying to include members of governing bodies of political subdivisions.

State planes. S. 605 (Lourie) calls for the House speaker, Senate leader or executive branch agency director to approve any use of state aircraft, with several provisions. S. 608 (Peeler) calls for certain state-owned aircraft to be sold.

Adoption. H. 3898 (D.C. Moss) would change state adoption laws to require courts to consider certain information in adoptions related to non-residents, with many provisions.

Coastal insurance. H. 3903 (McCoy) seeks changes to state property insurance law to encourage more help to coastal residents and several other provisions, including tax credits to insurers.

Back to basics. H. 3905 (Loftis) would require cursive writing and memorization of multiplication tables to be required school subjects.

Rural grants. H. 3906 (Kennedy) would allow counties of fewer than 40,000 people and towns in those counties to get rural infrastructure grants.

Exit exam. H. 3919 (Owens) would require all students to take the exit exam to graduate but not require them to meet a minimum score to graduate, with other provisions.

Texting and driving. H. 3921 (Rivers) would allow authorities to charge people who use wireless devices while driving with reckless driving, with several provisions.

Land banks. H. 3922 (Mitchell) would allow nonprofits to be formed to buy and manage vacant land through a land bank act.

Arbitration. H. 3924 (Pitts) would provide arbitration as a means of resolving divorce and related matters, with several provisions.

Read to succeed. H. 3926 (Sellers) would create a new office and reading proficiency panel to push better reading skills, with several provisions.

Sex abuse. H. 3940 (King) would get rid of any statute of limitations for sexual abuse or incest when the victim is under 18, with more provisions.

Core standards. H. 3943 (Rivers) would prohibit the State Board of Education from adopting common core education standards and prevent the state Education Department from implementing them.

Ethics. H. 3945 (G.M. Smith) would overhaul state ethics laws involving state House members and senators, with many provisions.

ENCYCLOPEDIA

About indigo

Indigo, a plant that produces a blue dye, was an important part of South Carolina's eighteenth-century economy. It was grown commercially from 1747 to 1800 and was second only to rice in export value. Carolina indigo was the fifth most valuable commodity exported by Britain's mainland colonies and was England's primary source of blue dye in the late-colonial era.

South Carolina experimented with indigo production as early as the 1670s but could not compete with superior dyes produced in the West Indies. Cultivating and processing the plant was complex, and planters found other commodities more reliable and easier to produce. Indigo was reintroduced in the 1740s during King George's War (1739-1748), which disrupted the established rice trade by inflating insurance and shipping charges and also cut off Britain's supply of indigo from the French West Indies. In South Carolina, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Andrew Deveaux experimented with cultivation in the 1730s and 1740s. Pinckney's husband, Charles, printed articles in the Charleston Gazette promoting indigo. In London colonial agent James Crokatt persuaded Parliament in 1749 to subsidize Carolina indigo production by placing a bounty of six pence per pound on the dye.

In addition to economic motives, indigo production also succeeded because it fit within the existing agricultural economy. The crop could be grown on land not suited for rice and tended by slaves, so planters and farmers already committed to plantation agriculture did not have to reconfigure their land and labor. In 1747, 138,300 pounds of dye, worth {L}16,803 sterling, was exported to England. The amount and value of indigo exports increased in subsequent years, peaking in 1775 with a total of 1,122,200 pounds, valued at {L}242,395 sterling. England received almost all Carolina indigo exports, although by the 1760s a small percentage was being shipped to northern colonies.

Carolina indigo was grown in a variety of locations and in a number of ways. In the parishes south of Charleston, most indigo planters grew the weed in combination with rice, as a "second staple." Planters growing indigo closer to the city were split, with roughly half growing rice and indigo and half growing only indigo. North of Charleston, most planters focused solely on indigo. By the 1760s production expanded from the Lowcountry to the interior. Indigo was especially important in Williamsburg Township, where the soil was ideal and the crop was an important part of the local economy. By the 1770s, some indigo was also produced in Orangeburg and Fredericksburg Townships.

The Revolutionary War disrupted production, although the Continental army used Carolina indigo to dye some of its uniforms. Production appeared to recover after the war, as 907,258 pounds of dye were exported in 1787. But indigo exports declined sharply in the 1790s. No longer part of the British Empire, South Carolina indigo growers lost their bounty and market as England turned to India to supply its indigo demand. Carolina planters soon after turned their attention to cotton, another crop that fit neatly into the plantation economy. Indigo was produced and used locally throughout the nineteenth century, but by 1802 it was no longer listed among Carolina's exports.

Excerpted from the entry by Virginia Jelatis. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

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CORRECTIONS: Reduce the prison population by 25 percent by 2020.

EDUCATION: Cut the state's dropout rate in half by 2020.

ELECTIONS: Increase voter registration to 75 percent by 2015.

ENVIRONMENT: Adopt a state energy policy that requires energy producers to generate 20 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

ETHICS: Overhaul state ethics laws.

HEALTH CARE: Ensure affordable and accessible health care.

JOBS: Develop a Cabinet-level post to add, retain 10,000 small business jobs per year.

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ROADS: Strengthen all bridges and upgrade state roads by 2015.

SAFETY: Cut the state's violent crime rate by one-third by 2016.

TAX REFORM: Remove outdated special interest sales tax exemptions as part of an overall reform of the state's tax structure to be completed by 2014.

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News

Chart(er)ing a new course

More accountability vs. less diversity?

By Bill Davis, senior editor

APRIL 12, 2013 -- The state’s charter schools may be headed for more accountability if a House bill that passed a subcommittee Tuesday becomes law. Critics, however, contend the measure could further serve to separate the races and deliver unequal education opportunities across South Carolina.

What brought the issue to a head and resulted in the Education K-12 subcommittee approving H. 3853 this week were the long-time problems and struggles with the Mary L. Dinkins Higher Learning Academy in Bishopville, according to the chair of the House Education Committee, Phil Owens (R-Easley) .

For the past 13 months, the school, which caters primarily to poorer black students, has been engaged in heated legal ping-pong with the S.C. Public Charter School System, according to charter district spokesman Clay Eaton.

Last year, the state charter school district voted to suspend funding and close the school for failing to meet state performance standards, according to Jay W. Ragley, a state Education spokesman. Since then, both sides have sought relief through court stays and injunctions.

As a result of legal maneuvers, the school received state funding until the end of February, according Eaton. But the conflict is far from over, apparently, as several sources have said, the school continues to “meet,” but without approval, credentials or state funding.

The listed phone number for the school was reported as disconnected on Friday. A Lee County public school district spokesman said local schools are prepared, once again, to absorb the roughly 100 students that attend grades 5 through 11 at the charter school.

Ragley said it was unfortunate that the students may have to go to other schools, either permanently or until the school is reopened. “But that is the ‘grand bargain’ of charter schools,” that parents sometimes have to take a risk of a school closing on them in hopes of getting a better education for their children.

But that risk is just why Owens says the Alternative Education Campus bill is needed. It would stop the 17 current -- and any future -- state charter schools from seeking a similar injunction or stay to remain open. The bill would also create additional alternative education campuses, among a host of smaller issues.

Rep. Doug Brannon (R-Landrum) serves on the subcommittee and said that while the move was “drastic,” it wasn’t a “surprise move” because the Bishopville charter school had been warned several times over the years about its underperformance. Others agreed.

Owens said the charter school bill would be in his full committee in the coming week and could head to the floor during the following week.

Race to the bottom?

The issue of charter schools has been thorny in South Carolina, many agree, because they siphon students and money away from local school districts.  

Many Democrats worry they are a stepping stone to school vouchers. But Republicans often counter that charter schools breed competition that benefit students and push local school districts to improve.  They often point to successes, especially in challenged minority communities, around the country.

But Rep. Robert Brown (D-Hollywood), who sits on the subcommittee, said he believed the overriding issue in the closing of the Bishopville charter school was race. He said that the Statehouse and cabinet-level Education agency “will get the result they want, whether it’s in court or in the General Assembly.”

Brown said he was worried that the proliferation of charter schools, which are  championed by state Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, could “promote the separation of the races” and reduce diversity.

In his home county of Charleston, Brown said he saw predominately white and predominately black charter schools. He added that the Bishopville school’s experience underscored the need to support the existing traditional public schools in communities.

Brown also pointed out that certain districts and areas of the state don’t have the same resources to support charter schools, potentially furthering the inequalities.

Echoing one of Zais’ mantras, Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (R-Orangeburg) said that the situation shows that “one size doesn’t fit all.” But she deviated from Zais’ script by adding “when it comes to charter schools.”

Both Brown and Cobb-Hunter said they applauded any effort to increase scrutiny of charter schools, especially during the application process to form one.

Owens, an avowed fan of charter schools, dismissed some of the criticisms, saying that state law already requires charter schools to conform to local demographics.

Owens also said blocking of automatic stays from the courts was needed, almost on a fairness basis, considering that if a traditional school hasn’t met criteria for years, it can be closed by state education officials much more easily.

Crystal ball: A lot could happen to this bill in the coming weeks when it goes before the full committee and potentially onto the floor of the House and then to the Senate, where Democrats are taking a “wait and see” approach, according to sources. But what the coming debate will likely show is that South Carolina still hasn’t figured out how to educate all of its kids adequately, much less equally.

Bill Davis is editor of Statehouse Report.  He can be reached at:  billdavis@statehousereport.com. Recent news stories include:

Legislative Agenda

Busy, busy, busy

Next week will be one of the busiest weeks in committee work this session in the House as representatives make up for lost time over the last two weeks of furlough, and with May 1 crossover deadline looming. That’s the date when it becomes increasingly difficult to pass bills along to the Senate. Debate on the floor will include bills related to ethics reform and the creation of a Department of Administration, which, sources say, is losing momentum with each passing moment.

In the Senate, work on the budget package continues in the Finance Committee, while debate on the floor next week will resume on whether to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry their guns into establishments that serve alcohol.

  • House Ethics. An ad hoc study committee will meet Tuesday at 11 a.m. in 511 Blatt. Agenda.

  • House Judiciary. A subcommittee will meet Tuesday immediately after adjournment in 516 Blatt to discuss the proposed S. C. Ethics Reform Act. Agenda. 

  • House 3M. The full committee will meet Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. or an hour and a half after adjournment in 427 Blatt to discuss health care authorization bills and other issues. Agenda. 

  • House Judiciary. The full committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. or an hour and a half after adjournment in 516 Blatt to discuss bills related to campaign reforms and other issues. Agenda.

  • House LCI. The full committee will meet Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. or an hour and a half after adjournment in 403 Blatt to discuss an unemployment benefits bill. More.

  • House Education. The full committee will meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. in 433 Blatt to discuss a bill that would stop charter schools from seeking automatic injunctions or stays to remain open over the wishes of the state charter school system, and others. Agenda.

  • House Judiciary. A subcommittee will meet Thursday at 9 a.m. in 516 Blatt to discuss companion bills that would create a Department of Administration. Agenda.
Radar Screen

Path to success

A plan to fund roads and infrastructure improvements introduced this week by Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler (R-Gaffney) shows that there is real interest in the Statehouse to address the $1 billion in needed repairs and maintenance costs identified by the DOT. But since the plan includes borrowing the needed money and sticking it to out-of-state truckers, it also shows there remains little interest in increasing the state’s relatively low gas tax.

Palmetto Politics

Boeing goeing goe … good

This week, Boeing announced an expected billion-dollar expansion at its plant facilities in the Charleston area. The company’s landing had already been softened by an enormous tax relief package from the state legislature in years past.

This week, the General Assembly was hard at work to make Boeing’s path clearer, approving a $120-million incentives package in the House and Senate. The package wasn’t labeled outright for Boeing, but there is no other company that met the criteria of the incentives currently mulling an expansion that size. The incentive package, which will be formally approved in coming weeks, should also brighten the prospects expansion from other large manufacturers, like the bevy of tire makers that have set up shop in South Carolina in recent years.

Boogering it up

House Judiciary Chairman Greg Delleney (R-Chester) infuriated Democrats and spun the heads of more than a few his fellow Republicans on Wednesday.   

Earlier this session, the House and Senate made fast work of new legislation to correct snafus in how candidates file for office following the 2012 debacle that left hundreds of seemingly qualified candidates from both parties off state ballots.

But on Wednesday, Delleney attached an amendment to an unrelated bill that would require future political candidates to file their campaign paperwork solely with their political parties.

Rep. Harry Ott (D-St. Matthews) shook off his political blandness that he evoked as a consensus-seeking minority leader last year, and repeatedly jabbed and castigated Delleney about the “real world” ramifications of his amendment. Several Republicans rose in opposition, prompting one to ask, without fear of attribution, “Why is he boogering this up now? I thought we solved this already.”

No duh

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) announced this week that he was once again going to run for governor. In related and equally surprising news, the sun rose this morning in the East and the Chicago Cubs still stink.

Commentary

Take the money and save employers from fines

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher

APRIL 12, 2013 -- When South Carolina business owners figure out how they’ll face millions in fines if the state doesn’t take billions in free federal money to provide better health care for hundreds of thousands of low-income workers, they’ll rise up in disgust.

As part of the complicated implementation of the Affordable Care Act to expand access to health care through the federal Medicaid program, South Carolina businesses that employ at least 50 workers could face fines of up to $47 million if Gov. Nikki Haley gets her way and state lawmakers turn down federal expansion dollars.

To put it bluntly, the governor is playing the dangerous political game that business owners won’t figure out they’re liable for fines of up to $3,000 per qualified employee who signs up to get Obamacare through a federal exchange. Why? So she can blame President Obama for “causing the problem” when the bills start rolling into business owners.

This is all avoidable. The federal government will pay for 100 percent of Medicaid expansion efforts through 2016 and for 90 percent from then to 2020 under the Affordable Care Act. That would pump $11 billion into poor South Carolina over seven years, compared with having to pay hundreds of millions of fines over the same time frame.

“We are cutting off our nose in spite of our face because we have a president they don’t like,” said Frank Knapp, head of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce. “That’s the only reason this is going on. It’s all party politics.”

Knapp highlighted the value of federal Medicaid expansion money: “If we think it’s a good return on investment on this Boeing venture ($120 million in bond money to support a new expansion), it’s a much better investment to expand Medicaid. We’re talking about it creating about 44,000 jobs. Boeing’s not going to create 44,000 jobs.”

The Affordable Care Act envisions low-income workers who don’t have health insurance being able to get coverage for free through Medicaid if they earn 100 percent or less than the federal poverty level. If they earn between 100 percent and 138 percent of poverty, they will qualify for tax credits to help pay for health insurance through Medicaid. 

But in states that don’t take federal money to expand Medicaid, an employer with 50 full-time employees who doesn’t currently offer health insurance -- like a lot of folks in the tourism industry -- will have to pay a $40,000 fine ($2,000 per employee for the number of employees minus 30). If the same employer offers insurance that’s of such low quality that just one employee decides to use a tax credit to get Obamacare through a federal health insurance exchange, the employer could face an annual penalty of $3,000 per employee who takes the credit up to the $40,000 amount calculated earlier.

According to a March study by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, South Carolina employers could confront fines of $30.4 million to $45.7 million if state lawmakers don’t figure out a way around Haley’s obstinacy.

Proponents for expanding Medicaid say there’s still a chance state senators will include expansion dollars in the state budget. Later this month, busloads of preachers and health care workers are expected to flood the Statehouse to support the measure. Meanwhile, some conservative House members are reportedly looking for an alternative to allow the state to take the money to pay private insurers instead of an exchange for the extra health care.

We’ll see. Time is growing short. 

Lots of people might not like how health insurance implementation is playing out. They might feel like a gun is being held to their head to force implementation of Obamacare. But the time for that debate is long past. Now, it’s best for lawmakers to do what’s best for South Carolina and stop fighting old battles (sound familiar?). It’s time for South Carolina to join other industrialized nations and implement broader health care for workers without crippling our hospitals and forcing costs to go up -- both of which will happen if we remain bull-headed. 

Let’s not be dumb and send the Medicaid expansion dollars we’re supposed to get to California or New York.

Andy Brack is publisher of Statehouse ReportYou can reach Brack at: brack@statehousereport.com.

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My Turn

Greenberg: Our problems aren't insurmountable

An Envision SC interview
Republished with permission

APRIL 12, 2013 -- Connectivity, Globalization, Capacity, Service, Outreach; these are just a few of the many words that can be used to help describe Dr. Ray Greenberg’s vision for the Medical University of South Carolina.

As the school’s president, Greenberg is charged with not only ensuring that MUSC remains one of the top research and healthcare facilities in the country, but he is also tasked with maintaining and growing one of Charleston’s largest employers.

An incredibly brilliant person by all accounts, Greenberg’s vast wealth of knowledge goes beyond Chemistry and the Sciences, but no matter the subject, he has a way of clearly articulating his viewpoints and framing them in a manner that most people can appreciate.

Greenberg recently took a moment from his jam-packed schedule to chat with Envision South Carolina’s Phil Noble about everything healthcare and the vital importance of telemedicine to South Carolina’s goal of becoming “World Class.”

NOBLE: How is MUSC currently operating as a “Globally Connected” University at this time?

GREENBERG: A key part of our strategic plan at the University is to expand our global outreach. Basically it’s recognizing the fact that the world is now a small community and that we have a connectedness to people, and cultures and systems around the world, so we’re trying to do that in all aspects of our activity.

For example on the educational front: so many of the pharmaceutical, clinical trials are being offshored to India, and probably soon China and the rest of Asia, yet they don’t really have the workforce there that’s been trained in the scientific underpinnings of doing good clinical trials research. So we’ve taken our Master of Science in Clinical Research Degree Program which was only offered on our campus to our own folks to train them, and we’re now taking that to India, to Singapore and soon I hope to China, where there will be huge important audiences for us to get that MUSC education out to. At the same time from a research point of view, if you look at partnerships that we can develop in say China, just the sheer numbers of patients that you have with sometimes uncommon conditions, it would be very difficult to study here. It becomes much easier to do it in a country where numbers are not a problem. That’s a great opportunity from a research point of view. And then from a service point of view, we have lots of outreach.

There’s a program we have in Africa where as we’ve partnered with Ghana, Tanzania; a number of countries where we’re trying to build capacity. For years there have been medical missions where people from the United States have gone and provided services for some period of time, often a month, then they’ve disappeared and all they’ve sort of done is help a few people. They haven’t created the capacity to change a culture. And I think we’re recognizing today, we should be focused on training the people within the country to better be able to serve the needs of their population so that when we’re not there the services can be continued.

NOBLE: Many agree that there are long-standing disparities in healthcare in our State. Some don’t believe they can be changed. What can MUSC do to help address some of these disparities in South Carolina?

GREENBERG: …We (South Carolinians) think the problems are so big, they’re insurmountable. They’ve been there for decades, if not centuries; there’s no hope of addressing them. I think that’s the first myth.

The second myth is even if they’re changeable, one person can’t make that much of a difference. The state created the Endowed Chairs Program almost a decade ago now and the idea was to recruit into South Carolina some of the best minds in the country that would help drive our economy forward. One of the people we ended up attracting to the Medical University of South Carolina was Dr. Robert Adams. He came to us from Georgia and he’s a stroke specialist. At the time South Carolina had the highest death rate from stroke in the world; certainly the highest in the United States.

NOBLE: What was this time period?

GREENBERG: Late 90’s; early part of this century. What Dr. Adams had done was, he set up a network where the stroke specialist at the academic institution would be available through telemedicine to be connected to rural emergency departments, so that when a patient came in with a stroke they could immediately get connected to the specialist who would then help the local doctor figure out what tests needed to be done and most importantly, get initiated definitive treatment as quickly as possible. A stroke is really a race against time… So you want to get that treatment started very quickly at the first place the patient shows up.

This telemedicine network that Dr. Adams basically, singlehandedly assembled in South Carolina has the Medical University at its core, its so called hub, and its spokes go out to 15 hospitals, particularly smaller rural hospitals in the I-95 corridor…This program has been in place now for 4 or 5 years, over 3000 consultations have taken place, over 500 patients have gotten state-of-the-art treatment who wouldn’t have gotten it before, and now the death rate from stroke (has decreased). We’re still barely in the top 10, but that’s a dramatic change in less than a decade from the number 3 cause of death and certainly one of our leading health problems in the state. …

Technology is not the answer to all of our problems, but it can be an important connection. Fundamentally telemedicine removes geography as a barrier to getting the best care possible. It should never matter today whether you live in Charleston, Kingstree, Moncks Corner, or Lake City, you should have access to the best specialists that are available. Technology can bridge the geography and that I believe is a huge promise particularly to the rural parts of our state.

NOBLE: How far are we from being at the maximum of providing that telemedicine service?

GREENBERG: We are a far ways away from being at the maximum… The positive spin on this is that I’ve had conversations with some of our legislative leaders and I think for the first time they will help appropriate money that will help expand the telemedicine effort in this state. Just as other states have done.

Envision SC is a collaborative project to highlight people's visions across the state to enable South Carolinians to dream, connect and learn how to make the Palmetto State become world-class and better connected throughout the globe.  Learn more.

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From old hacking to new hacking

Teen pregnancy. S.C. Rep. B.R. Skelton (R-Six Mile) is slyly championing a bill that would update state sex education courses to delve deeper into contraception to decrease future “entitlements.” Smart. More.

Hacking. The Senate approved a bill this week that would provide state citizens a decade of credit monitoring in the wake of the enormous hacking incident last year at Revenue, which saw millions of pieces of confidential personal identification material stolen electronically. More.

Irony. The state unemployment agency will layoff 100 employees. More.

Told ya. Two House subcommittees have rejected a gas tax increase. More.

Sellers.  State Rep. Bakari Sellers pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving after prosecutors didn’t pursue a DUI charge against him. More.

Gridlock. The state Retirement System Investment Commission that oversees state pensions is suing Treasurer Curtis Loftis over his refusal to sign-off on a multimillion check for an approved investment. Great. More brinksmanship. More.

Elderly. Don’t be poor, sick and old in this state. Just look at this report of conditions for lots of folks with little voice in public policy. Yeesh. More.

Hacking. Thanks to a missing laptop, thousands of veterans from across the state may have had the safety of their identities compromised. More.

 

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