GOP race in SC-7 still heating up as Dems hash out runoff in court - Republican candidates for South Carolina’s new congressional seat are stepping up their personal attacks ahead of next week’s runoff election, Palmetto Public Record reported Friday. Meanwhile, a judge heard arguments on Thursday from the Democratic candidates to decide whether a runoff should take place in that race as well.
Senate kills restructuring bill (again) in last-minute session - In a somewhat chaotic special session on Thursday, South Carolina senators dealt a another blow to Gov. Nikki Haley’s legislative agenda by once again killing a government restructuring bill, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. The Senate passed the measure for the first time this year, but couldn’t agree on the conference report before the special session ended at 5:00pm Thursday.
Lawmakers agree to end controversial TERI program - South Carolina lawmakers have agreed to end the controversial TERI program in an attempt to save taxpayers billions of dollars in running the state retirement system, according to The State’s Adam Beam. The Teacher and Employee Retention Incentive allows state workers to retire and return to work for up to five years, earning a salary and a retirement check at the same time.
Incumbent House member loses GOP primary appeal - State Republican Party leaders have denied an incumbent’s challenge against his winning primary opponent, according to the Associated Press. The GOP executive committee rejected Thursday an appeal brought by five-term state Rep. B.R. Skelton against challenger Ed Harris, who will remain on the ballot in November as the Republican nominee.
Retirement system changes OK’d - Changes to the state’s retirement plan approved by the the General Assembly on Thursday mean state workers will have to pay more for their retirement benefits and work more years before claiming them, according to The State’s Adam Beam. Working longer means state workers would withdraw less money from the state’s $25 billion retirement fund, which could run out of money sometime over the next 30 years if no changes are made.
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