Haley. Perhaps last week’s Statehouse Report column on Gov. Nikki Haley was prescient because the GOP response she gave to the State of the Union address was pure establishment, a moderate speech that could steer people into the political middle. The governor gets further accolades for an executive budget that tries to improve education in rural areas. More Thumbs Up: Pay increase, Trucking Association, Harbor Deepening, Clemson.
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Thumbs up this week for Gov. Nikki Haley, the S.C. Chamber and Clemson. Thumbs down on more traffic fatalities. Number: $600 million. Quote from Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter on “spinally challenged” legislators.
$1 million: That’s the amount in daily fines that Gov. Nikki Haley says the federal government will face starting January 1 if the U.S. Department of Energy fails to meet deadlines on its MOX nuclear reprocessing facility efforts at the Savannah River Project.
10: That’s the percentage that teen pregnancies dropped between 2013 and 2014 in South Carolina, according to state data. In fact, the state’s teen birth rate has declined 61 percent since peaking in 1991, the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen […]
$114 million: That’s the state’s amount for repair costs of more than $1.6 billion in damage caused by October’s floods. Gov. Nikki Haley said the state should fund the money from existing resources, not through borrowing as some have suggested. The state is expected to have a billion dollar surplus this year.
#!: Not only is Clemson football ranked first in the nation, but the university is the top user of the state’s plane so far this year, according this somewhat confusing story in The Nerve.
167: That’s the number of letters that state regulators have sent to owners of more dams requesting that they submit repair plans following October’s devastating floods.
Chesterfield County authorities seized 8,000 to 10,000 guns in a raid on a home and trailer near Pageland, leading most people to wonder why anyone needs that many guns