Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Agenda: Haley proposes gas tax bump, income tax cut, hosts Riley; N. Chs. weighs Stingrays' losses

Deerin files paperwork to collect donations for mayoral run

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 11:47 AM


click to enlarge Haley's office recently unveiled the governor's official portrait for her second term - S.C. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
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  • Haley's office recently unveiled the governor's official portrait for her second term

In her State of the State address last night, Gov. Nikki Haley touched on subjects from labor, to education, to gas and income taxes. Haley's hard line against unions comes as Charleston-area Machinists union leaders continue recruiting commitments from Boeing South Carolina workers toward a vote on whether to join the union. Source: P&C

Haley's surprise proposal to increase the state's gas tax by 10-cents on Wednesday came paired with a proposal to decrease the state income tax, a move Democrats dismissed as a nonstarter that could endanger both ideas as well as progress toward a plan to improve state roads. Source: The State

Haley even stopped for a moment to tip her cap to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley during her final State of the State while Riley is in office, calling him one of the state's "great gentlemen and devoted public servants." Source: ABC News 4

The Zucker family, owner of the South Carolina Stingrays, says the team has lost $400-700,000 a year since it was created in 1993, and is asking the city of North Charleston to pick up some of those losses, up to $250,000 for the next two years, as the team negotiates terms for a long-term lease. Source: P&C

Charleston state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis has sent a letter to state Public Service Commission, calling for the board to hold an emergency meeting to reconsider their vote to call for app-based car service Uber to cease and desist operations statewide. Source: ABC News 4

Former Riley aide 2014 Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Ginny Deerin has filed paperwork needed to accept donations for a campaign for mayor of Charleston. Deerin recently moved from a home she still owns on Sullivans Island to a townhome in West Ashley, according to the P&C, and says the filing was necessary because she had received unsolicited donations for the campaign. Asked about the move to the burbs: "West Ashley is the part of the city that I really need to learn and feel and experience." Source: P&C

Submitted without comment, this quote as relayed by Bloomberg's Dave Weigel:

P&C's Brian Hicks pays a visit to the Hunley, which is no longer living underwater in the North Charleston lab where researchers are examining the sub, and says the Civil War submersible appears no older than the WWII-era Clamagore at Patriots Point. Clamagore was not available for comment on Hicks' allegations. Source: P&C


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