Friday, December 13, 2013

The Agenda: Boeing to expand in N. Chas.; I-26 tree cutting get early COG vote; Lee Bright's debt

State comptroller general to go before ethics committee

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

State Sen. Lee Bright, one of four challengers lining up to the right of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham in next year's Republican primary, disclosed recently that he owes at least $1.4 million as part of a failed business venture. [The State]

Capt. Michael Haley along with 40 other South Carolina Army National Guard soldiersreturned home from Afghanistan Thursday. [The State]

State Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom is facing ethics charges that he bankrolled his girlfriend's trip to last year's Republican National Convention with campaign funds. [The State]

S.C. Congressmen Tom Rice, Joe Wilson, and Jim Clyburn voted in favor of the proposed House budget compromise yesterday, while Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, and Mark Sanford voted against it. [The State]

State and company officials are remaining quiet about a rumored North American BMW engine plant in the works. [CRBJ, Bloomberg]

Machinists union officials have reportedly rejected a counteroffer by Boeing for 777X work in the Puget Sound area as talks broke down last night, but union members will have the final vote on the proposal. [Seattle Times, CRBJ]

A day after announcing 300-400 new jobs are on their way to the area as part of a Boeing restructuring, a $49 million deal announced today will triple the company's footprint in North Charleston, the P&C reports. The deal includes land adjacent to the company's 787 facility that was formerly a trailer park. [P&C]

A Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments committee gave a key vote in favor of cutting trees lining the I-26 median between Summerville and I-95 yesterday. The proposal still needs final approval from the COG board. [P&C, AP]

North Charleston voted this week to expand a tax increment finance district originally in the Oak Terrace Preserve development near Park Circle to include a former industrial site and the former Naval Hospital, a move that will divert property taxes in those areas for the next decade back to the city of North Charleston. [P&C]

Cannonborough-Elliottborough group Friends of Dereef Park have filed a federal lawsuit against the state and federal organizations and officials in response to a city land swap that will see the former Dereef Park land off Morris Street redeveloped in exchange for new parkland off Concord Street. [CP, P&C]

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