Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Agenda: Preparing for drivers' strike, Harrell flying blind?, Blackbaud CEO out

Supreme Court considers health insurance premiums suit

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 7:37 AM

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Charleston school officials prepare for looming bus drivers' strike
Charleston County School District officials held a press conference Wednesday asking parents to make contingency plans as the district braces for the impact of an impending bus drivers' strike that superintendent Nancy McGinley said remains "highly possible" despite ongoing negotiations between the drivers union and Durham School Services, the company staffing hired by the district that oversees drivers.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, Post and Courier

Speaker Bobby Harrell reportedly shielding official, personal flight records
The Post and Courier reports that S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell vows to disclose flight records of his personal aircraft pertaining to official business. The paper reported last year on more than $280,000 that Harrell had reimbursed himself from his campaign funds for travel he said is related to his duties. This comes a day after critics called Harrell out for allegedly using his office to benefit his Charleston-based pharmaceutical business.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: Policy Council criticizes speaker for using office for personal benefit (G'ville News)

Blackbaud CEO Chardon out
Blackbaud CEO Marc Chardon announced he had reached an agreement with the company's board of directors to leave the Daniel Island-based software company by the end of the year. Last week, Blackbaud announced it would lay-off 150 employees between its Charleston and Austin, T.X. offices, where Convio, the company Blackbaud acquired last year, is based.
Sources: Post and Courier

State's high court considers professor's suit against Budget and Control Board over health premiums
The State Supreme Court is considering the case of a Columbia professor who's bringing suit against the state Budget and Control Board over its decision to raise health insurance premiums for state workers, a move the suit says goes against state law, which charges legislators with tax and spending dutires.
Sources: Post and Courier/AP

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