Friday, September 22, 2017

The Agenda: County will pay $33 million to settle N. Chs. suit; Feds subpoena nuclear docs

Graham says Obamacare repeal is "Federalism vs. socialism"

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 11:52 AM

click to enlarge Charleston County will pay more than $30 million for the mostly-vacant Naval Hospital on Rivers Avenue after it cut short a 25-year lease and was sued - GOOGLE STREET VIEW
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Charleston County government will pay $33 million to settle legal claims brought after Charleston County Council members voted to pull out of a lease in 2016 taken out on space in the old Naval Hospital in North Charleston. The building was bought by the City of North Charleston in 2012 for $2 million, flipped to a local developer with whom Mayor Keith Summey has a long-standing business relationship for $5 million in 2014, and in 2017 will cost Charleston County $33 million as part of the settlement. Council Chairman Vic Rawl says the county will likely pay the money with bonds. Source: P&C

The U.S. Attorney's Office in S.C. has subpoenaed documents from SCE&G's parent company and Santee Cooper related to the failed VC Summer nuclear project, with The State reporting that possible federal securites violations could be in play. Source: P&C, The State

After the multi-billion dollar project "crumbled" in S.C., nuclear industry advocates are left with just one major nuclear project in the nation on which to pin their hopes in Georgia. Source: Environment and Energy News

31 percent: The average percentage that health insurance plans on the federal insurance marketplace will rise in S.C., where state leaders opted-out of Medicaid expansion and just one insurer remains participating in the federal healthcare.gov marketplace. Source: P&C

The rate of S.C. women killed by men inched up, according to a new Violence Policy Center report, leaving the state with the fifth-worst rate in the nation. Source: SC Radio Network

Washington Post headline: "Nikki Haley emerges as interpreter — and megaphone — for Trump"

On Fox & Friends this morning, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham called his proposal to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act "Federalism vs. socialism," pitting his plan against a proposal recently floated by colleague Sen. Bernie Sanders. Graham is pitching his plan as one which preserves states' rights to spend health care money as they see fit. Source: Fox&Friends, Greenville News

In Columbia, The State columnist Cindi Scoppe has an interesting examination of the drawbacks of tax-increment financing districts, a favorite tool of local leaders to help spur private business investment, many times in areas that are deemed ripe for revitalization. Source: The State


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