Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Agenda: McMaster calls gas tax bump "absolute last resort"; Sessions confirmed; Berkeley schools CFO fired

Scott and Graham support Sessions' confirmation

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Gov. Henry McMaster made it clear Wednesday that he did not support lawmakers' proposal to increase the state gas tax, calling it the option of "absolute last resort." Source: P&C

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott spoke yesterday, calling for decorum in the chamber a day after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used Senate rules to stop Elizabeth Warren from reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King that called Sessions a racist. Sessions would later be confirmed by the Senate to become attorney general. Source: YouTube, The State

A district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the State of South Carolina calling for the federal government to pay $1 million for every day the Department of Energy doesn't fulfill a 2000 agreement to recycle and remove radioactive plutonium at the Savannah River Site near Augusta. The state and the feds have been ordered to enter mediation. Source: P&C

Berkeley County Schools dismissed district CFO Brantley Thomas yesterday after an FBI investigation found criminal financial misconduct on his behalf. Source: Summerville Journal Scene

Darius Rucker stopped by MUSC yesterday to sing for kids at the Children's Hospital and film a segment for CMT's upcoming 'Hometown Heroes.'

The state Senate spent a couple hours yesterday unveiling the portrait of sitting state Sen. Hugh Leatherman, the Florence Republican regarded as one of the most powerful and influential in the Senate. Source: P&C

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