The average teacher’s salary of $48,769 in South Carolina is about $10,000 below the national average and nearly $2,200 less than the 16-state Southeastern average, according to a nonprofit funded by Southern states. SC’s first-year minimum pay of $30,113 is not attracting young teachers to the classroom, educators warn. SC’s average teaching salary is about $1,000 higher than North Carolina’s but trails Georgia’s by about $5,400.
As legislation that deals with state pensions, school construction and V.C. Summer utility regulation struggles to find support, the winning bills at the State House this session seem to be those that favor job growth and keeping South Carolina competitive with neighboring states. The Farm Bureau, The S.C. Manufacturing Alliance and the S.C. Poultry Federation are groups that lawmakers have prioritized.
Horry County’s population expanded by 3.7% in one year, York County grew by 3.3% and Lancaster County followed at 3%, according to U.S. Census Bureau county-level population figures that reflect through mid-2017. The surge is clearly reflected in York and Lancaster home sales that outdistance Charlotte-region prices, and there are few signs that growth will slow anytime soon.
Many Atlanta officials spent the Easter and Passover weekend at their offices urgently piecing together essential services with older computers and in some cases by paper in the wake of a SamSam virus attack that scrambled public service cyber-files and denied access to critical systems. Unidentified hackers began the siege March 22 and want $51,000 in bitcoin in exchange for the digital keys to the corrupted data.
Mount Pleasant’s growing tax base from a rush of new homes and businesses will mean merit raises of about 4% for the town’s 600 employees, as well as $85 million in capital improvements, all without raising tax rates or fees for its 85,000 residents. The Town Council’s $158.6 million spending plan does include $35 million in borrowing.