Majority of South Carolinians Say Schools, State Services Haven't Kept Pace

By Gavin Jackson

South Carolina

Most South Carolinians believe that the number of state services, such as highway troopers, social workers and schools, have not kept pace with the growth of the state, according to a recent Winthrop University poll released Thursday.

Although 62 percent of poll respondents said the pace was lacking, the number was even more telling, since respondents named infrastructure and education as the top two problems facing the state.

SC Senate Legislative Update Senate April 3 - April 7, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The S.C. Senate.

The Senate finalized its version of the budget on Thursday after a 44-0 vote, sending it back to the House of Representatives. The bill, H. 3720, is expected to head to a joint conference committee where legislators from the House and Senate will hammer out details.

Here are some highlights of the 2017-2018 appropriations bill approved by the Senate:

- $145 million set aside to help make the state’s retirement system healthier;

- $69 million in additional money for K-12 schools through the EFA;

State House Update: April 7, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

Weekly State House update

This Week in the South Carolina State House, senators approved the $8 billion budget, House members approved an open-carry gun bill, the pension reform bill heads to Gov. Henry McMaster, and crossover day has come and gone with 12 working days left in the legislative session.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., discusses Darlington Raceway

By Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., on April 4, 2017.

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., talks about the glory and challenges of Darlington Raceway at the Governor's Mansion on April 4, 2017. The promotional event comes months before the Sprint Cup Series race returns to the Track Too Tough to Tame this Labor Day weekend.

State of Telehealth in South Carolina

By Marina Ziehe

Roundtable discussion at the Summit

Leaders from across South Carolina discussed their perspectives on statewide efforts to advance telehealth as part of the 5th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina, held March 28-30, 2017. 

Specifically, the panel addressed some of the successes and challenges of telehealth, policy and legislative issues, and outcomes from statewide strategic initiatives, along with current and future funding opportunities for telehealth.

Moderator: Will Harms, MD, MBA, Vice President of Medical Affairs, S.C. Blue Cross and Blue Shield 

SC Senate Legislative Update March 27-31, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The S.C. State House.

The Senate Finance Committee approved its version of the state budget on Tuesday after months of subcommittee budget hearings. Areas of interest in the approximately $8 billion budget include K-12 education funding, higher education funding, improving the health of the state’s pension system and cleanup costs for Hurricane Matthew. Copies of the Committee’s budget will be distributed to all Senate members in anticipation of debate on the floor on Tuesday.

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in South Carolina

By Kaitlyn Park

broken hotel sign

Human trafficking has come to the forefront of many Americans' minds through reporting, investigation and even popular culture. With legislation in 2012, South Carolina made a pledge to end the crime. But in 2016 alone, 73 reports related to human trafficking were made in the state. Palmetto Scene examines how South Carolinians are working together to end this crime, and where the state must go to ensure victims' well-being and safety.

Meals on Wheels

By Lynn Cornfoot

meals on wheels

South Carolina ranks fourth worst in the nation for senior hunger. Palmetto Scene takes a trip with Meals on Wheels and we learn the importance of this volunteer-driven program.