The Agenda: McMaster vetoes buses, restores Conservation Bank; Botany Bay expected to re-open over summer

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Gov. Henry McMaster issued a number of line item vetoes yesterday, including $17 million from lottery sales for new school buses. State Superintendent Molly Spearman criticized that decision for "putting the safety of our students at risk." Source: AP

Other vetoes:

-Restoring a cut that would have diminished the oversight ability of the state Commission on Higher Education, which clears big-ticket spending projects. Source: P&C
-Restoring $16 million in funding for the S.C. Conservation Bank.
-Pork projects, according to McMaster, including money to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism, sports marketing grants, and medical contracts. Source: The State

The Clemson Tigers visited the White House yesterday as national champions and were showered with compliments from President Donald Trump and Coach Dabo Swinney. Source: P&C, CP

The final vote making Congressman Trey Gowdy's appointment to chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee could be taken as early as today. Source: P&C

The state's sales tax holiday will run over the first weekend in August, Aug. 4-6. Source: WBTW

Upstate electric bus maker Proterra could be headed toward an IPO. Source: WSJ

If you're wanting to hunt you some S.C. gators, you have three days to apply for the season, which runs from mid-September to mid-October. Source: Rock Hill Herald, DNR

After access roads and the natural beach itself was severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew, Botany Bay Plantation is expected to re-open by the end of July, DNR says.


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