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A new 50-state report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows an insufficient response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis that could be leading to nearly a decade’s worth of lost progress in child well-being following the Great Recession. According to the 2021 Kids County Data Book (KCDB), South Carolina ranks in the bottom half of the nation in all four metrics of child well-being — economic well-being, education, health, and family and community context — and 41st overall. More: Charleston City Paper, The Post and Courier, Annie E. Casey Foundation

In other headlines:

McMaster asks feds to speed up process for census data for S.C. redistricting. Gov. Henry McMaster joined 14 other Republican state executives in urging the federal government to expedite the release of census data needed to begin redistricting. More: The Post and Courier

S.C. $11B budget heading to governor’s desk after legislative approval. South Carolina’s nearly $11 billion budget was sent to the governor’s desk on Monday as lawmakers cut close the deadline to get the spending plan in place before it begins July 1. More: Associated Press

Pro golf boosts Charleston economy with million-dollar impact. The largest event to take place in-person in South Carolina since the pandemic ground the world’s economy to a halt, the PGA Championship is expected to bring millions directly into the Charleston region. More: Charleston Business Journal

North Charleston facing increasing pressure of gentrification. Many are worried that low-income residents living within the Interstate 526 loop will be most harmed if no deliberate effort is made to protect them from increasingly rapid growth. More: The Post and Courier

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