sc press association forum 01.03.2013

Sponsored by: South Carolina Press Association, South Carolina Broadcasters Association, Associated Press
9:30 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 2013 Room 112, Solomon Blatt Building, Columbia, South Carolina

Photos of this workshop for your local media outlet will be available late Friday afternoon at

9:30 – 9:45​Registration and Opening Remarks
​Moderator – Mike Smith, Executive Editor, Spartanburg Herald-Journal ALL COMMENTS ARE ON THE RECORD.

9:45 – 10:15​Les Boles, State Budget Director, B&CB Overview of numbers on revenue and spending projections.

10:15 – 12:00​Morning Roundtable Budget Discussion:
Topics: ​Cyber Security, Are there extra monies for health services and infrastructure? Extra fuel tax?
​ EFA & Local Government Formulas – Tax Increases, Tax Cuts or Ignore Statute?​ Higher Ed Formula – Is it more important than EFA/ Local Govt Formulas? State Employee Salaries ​Tax Reform

Overview of Budget

Panelists:​Sen. Harvey Peeler​, Rep. Brian White​, ​Sen. Thomas Alexander ​Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, ​​Sen. Yancey McGill​, Rep. Rita Allison, ​Sen. Kevin Bryant, Rep. Harry Ott, ​Rep. Murrell Smith, ​Rep. Bruce Bannister
12:00-1:00​LUNCH – House Caucus Presentations of Their 2013 Legislative Agendas
Speaker Bobby Harrell, Majority Leader Bruce Bannister, and Reps. ________ & ____________
Minority Leader Harry Ott, and Reps. Joe Neal, Chandra Dillard and Mandy Powers Norrell

1:00-2:30​Afternoon Roundtable Discussion Topics: ​Ethics Reform, ​Open Government Reform, Restructuring
Panelists:​Sen. Larry Martin, ​Rep. Murrell Smith, Sen. Wes Hayes, ​​Rep. Bill Taylor​, ​Sen. Vincent Sheheen, ​Rep. Derham Cole​, Sen. Shane Massey, ​​Rep. Rita Allison, Rep. James Smith, ​Rep. Chandra Dillard​​ ​​​​​​ ​