The Agenda: Gov. McMaster’s new budget; Anti-abortion activist tells women they can’t serve in office; 896 pounds of weed in Hanahan

Green for education

Governor Henry McMaster’s proposed budget suggests dollar amounts for all of the promises he made in his inauguration speech. The budget would give S.C. teachers a raise to 5 percent above the Southeastern average, give colleges who freeze tuition for S.C. students $36 million, and would refund taxpayers $200 million. Source: P&C

On Tuesday in the Statehouse, anti-abortion advocate Steve Lefemine argued against hanging a photo of the General Assembly’s female lawmakers, saying among other nonsense, that women are unfit to serve in public office, according to the Bible. Source: The State

Berkeley County authorities have seized 896 pounds of marijuana, worth about $4 million, from a warehouse in Hanahan. That’s a lot of green. Source: Berkeley Independent

A shoe and an oxygen mask washed up on a Garden City Beach which may be connected to the plane that disappeared off of Charleston’s coast in October. Source: WCSC

Despite the S.C. Department of Transportation’s “Pothole Blitz,” the S.C. Policy Council-backed Nerve news site reviewed five years of records and noted that fewer potholes are being reported — and repaired — than in the past. From fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2018, there were 411 reports of “large” potholes, 70 calls involving “sinkholes,” and 24 requests to fix “massive” potholes. Source: The Nerve

A new law requires hospitals to list the prices for services, but experts doubt that the information would be very useful for consumers. Source: P&C

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Connelly Hardaway

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Gaillard Center’s 2020-2021 season features Broadway musicals, chamber orchestras, and an iconic dance company

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Sam Reynolds

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