Articles by: Lindsay Street

NEWS: Lawmakers, nonprofits seek remedy for stalled nuclear construction

NEWS: Lawmakers, nonprofits seek remedy for stalled nuclear construction

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  The construction of two nuclear towers at the V.C. Summer plant in Jenkinsville is continuing to shine a spotlight on a 2007 law that lawmakers and two nonprofits say enables unneeded or risky energy projects, while consumers unfairly shoulder those costs.

Friends of the Earth and Sierra Club this week released a report, “Failure of the Nuclear Gamble in South Carolina,” which focused on their June 22 complaint to a state regulatory agency that the $14-billion project should be halted and ratepayers should be reimbursed.

The V.C. Summer plant expansion project is owned 55 percent by SCANA’s South Carolina Electric & Gas and 45 percent by state-owned utility Santee Cooper. …

by · 07/21/2017 · News
NEWS: Legislators wait on bus funding, causing some to worry about risk

NEWS: Legislators wait on bus funding, causing some to worry about risk

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  Top lawmakers say they are waiting until January to override a gubernatorial veto, an action that would fund hundreds of new school buses.  Why the wait?  They say it’s because they are being good stewards of public dollars.  And anyway, waiting to override the veto won’t delay getting dangerously old buses off roads, they say.

Others wonder if there’s more to it.  

S.C. House Majority Leader Gary Simrill, R-Rock Hill,  told Statehouse Report the state S.C. Department of Education currently has the funds it could temporarily use to order the buses.  That money, he said, would then be reimbursed by a January override that would release $17.5 million from S.C. Education Lottery proceeds. He said it’s up to state Superintendent Molly Spearman to order the buses sooner rather than later.

by · 07/14/2017 · News
NEWS BRIEF: Lawmakers hear two hours of testimony on opioid crisis

NEWS BRIEF: Lawmakers hear two hours of testimony on opioid crisis

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  He wasn’t the kind of person you thought would have been involved in drugs, one man testified. Funerals for overdoses less than a week apart, a woman echoed.  A grandparent had to tell his 11-year-old granddaughter that her father had died from an overdose.

Those are just a few of the statements made during the first of five public hearings about the opioid crisis in South Carolina, which drew two hours of testimony Wednesday in Greenville. You can watch a video by the Greenville News here.

by · 07/14/2017 · News, Palmetto Politics
NEWS: As teen births decline, watchdogs eye proposals that could reverse trends

NEWS: As teen births decline, watchdogs eye proposals that could reverse trends

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent | Advocates working to curb teenage pregnancies are celebrating the steepest decline in teen births on record while holding their breaths on federal and state legislation that could threaten progress.

The Trump administration budget and new health care bill proposed to cut a federal grant program that has helped to push down births to teenagers. In South Carolina state, the Personhood Act of South Carolina (S. 217, H. 3530) would make contraceptive access more difficult as it effectively would abortions in the state.

Since 1991, the state’s teen birth rate has declined by 64 percent, according to the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.  From 2014 to 2015, the state’s teen birth rate had its sharpest one-year decline of 8 percent.

by · 07/07/2017 · News