Friday, June 30, 2017

The Agenda: Southern economics will be affected by climate change; Millions on the roads; Budget vetoes waiting

USA Today asks if Charleston is being smothered by its success

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 11:51 AM

click to enlarge More frequent flooding has hit Charleston hard in recent years - US DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE
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  • More frequent flooding has hit Charleston hard in recent years

The Agenda is our daily news round-up of stories affecting South Carolina.

A new study says that the Southeast and Midwest will be hard hit economically by climate change, with damages equaling more than 10% of county GDP in some areas of S.C. Experts warn of a "large transfer of wealth between states." Source: NYT

630,000: The number of South Carolinians who reportedly plan to travel at least 50 miles from home over the Fourth of July weekend, 1.8 million altogether in the Carolinas. Source: Hilton Head Island Packet

USA Today tackles the question you've heard any number of times in recent years: Whether repeated national accolades and praise has 'spoiled' Charleston's culinary allure. Source: USA Today

Washington Post headline: "A South Carolina ice cream shop is in the middle of a Confederate flag controversy"

NYT headline after $380 million Newberry County investment news: "Samsung Joins Ranks of Foreign Firms Adding Jobs in the U.S."

Charleston County students came out yesterday to tell school district officials their thoughts on the district policies from sex-ed curriculum to teacher evaluations. Source: P&C

State Sen. Chip Campsen tells P&C columnist Brian Hicks that Charleston County School Board members can't unilaterally raise their own pay, but one local constituent school board member who would also get a raise in the proposal seems to think otherwise. Source: P&C, Twitter

State lawmakers are not scheduled to return to Columbia any time soon to take up budget vetoes by Gov. Henry McMaster, which means that some programs, such as arts funding and school buses, with funding in limbo will have to wait into the new fiscal year. Source: P&C

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