by Sam Spence
Budget - State lawmakers continued talks yesterday, reaching a tentative agreement (AP) to provide $800 million in road and bridge improvements across the state. The deal would reportedly borrow as much as $500 million (WBTW) to pay for the work, still short of the $1.45 billion per year over the next two decades estimaged to be needed to bring state roads up to par. Lawmakers also decided against a pay raise (State) for state employees over the course of negotiations.
NAACP on ACLU - Local NAACP officials are pushing Charleston police to look harder (Live 5) at a recent ACLU report that showed racial disparities in marijuana arrests in Charleston County. Local NAACP President Dot Scott said that if racial profiling accounts for the disparity, "then we must address it." (P&C)
Waterkeeper - The P&C has more today on the news yesterday that Charleston Waterkeeper, a local conservation group, has lost its non-profit status and the continued criticism from one local resident. National Waterkeeper Alliance officials continue to stand by the local group as it works to regain its 501(c)3 designation. Also be sure to read Susan Cohen's report on the developing story.
SCOTUS trial lawyers ruling - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday (NYT) that South Carolina trial attorneys overreached by using state DMV records to solicit potential claims about car dealerships overcharging.
Sanford on FOX - As a Fox News contributor last year, now-Congressman Mark Sanford eportedly earned $130,000 (G'Ville). As a House member, Sanford now earns $174,000 annually.
Haley in Mt. P. - During a talk to more than 100 East Cooper Republicans (P&C) yesterday, Gov. Nikki Haley stressed the importance of a pending bill that would create a new state Department of Administration—Haley has long advocated for dissolving the state Budget and Control Board in favor of the new agency.
Charleston schools - Three Charleston County schools improved enough to come off the state's lowest-performing schools list (P&C), but five local schools remain on it.