Historic downtown Charleston, once the promised land for American preservationists, is wandering in the architectural wilderness if you listen to leaders like Mayor Joe Riley, who talked with the New York Times for a front-page story on Saturday. At issue is the historic city’s architectural integrity as it braces for new development and pressures of a surging local economy. Clemson Architecture Center director Ray Huff: “Charleston is a city that looks back, and rarely does the city look forward, because so much of what the city is, is steeped in what it has been.” Source: NYT
Related, from P&C’s Brian Hicks over the weekend: “Joe Riley moonlights as Mayor of the United States” Source: P&C
After a new code of conduct takes effect in July, state workers will no longer be able to use social media while at work unless they’re required to for their job. Source: The State
AP headline: “Gov. Nikki Haley insists South Carolina can afford to cut taxes $1.8 billion yearly” Source: P&C
Haley’s proposal to cut income taxes comes paired with a proposal to raise the state gas tax, a rare idea from most any conservative, but it follows a trend of eight Republican governors floating the idea of raising taxes. Source: NYT
As lawmakers scramble to find a funding solution for the state highway system in the coming months, they’re already saying they likely won’t have a fix for the state’s schools, an answer to the State Supreme Court’s order demanding they address fundamental inequality in education, until next year. Source: G’ville News
SCGOP Chair Matt Moore announced over the weekend that he would seek another term at the helm of the state party. Source: P&C
According to Politico, South Carolina Republicans Larry Grooms and Nancy Mace are just two of the beneficiaries of niche political committees, dubbed by their critics as “scam PACs”, which are flooded with grassroots cash after fundraising around specific issues. Source: Politico
South Carolina remains one of the smallest union labor states as a percentage of the state’s workforce with just 2.2 percent of the state’s workers signed up with a labor union. Source: AP
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