Advocacy and Key Milestones
- April 9: Senate Finance Committee budget subcommittee meetings resume. Community supporters are asked to contact Senate Finance committee members and Higher Education subcommittee members: Senators John Courson, chair, Danny Verdin and Robert Ford.
- March 25-April 5: House and Senate member furlough
- March 13, 2013: House budget -- General Appropriations Bill 3710 is passed. Includes $1.2 million appropriation for USCB. Raises USCB funding per SC resident FTE to the level of USC Upstate. No USC system schools reach average funding per FTE of the public comprehensive sector.
- March 11: House debate on proposed budget begins; USCB supporters asked to contact all House members to ask them to support the House Ways and Means Higher Education Subcommittee’s proposed budget, which includes $1.2M increase for USCB and $250,000 each for Upstate and Aiken. Floor debate to be led by Representatives Chip Limehouse and Bill Herbkersman.
- March 4: House budget released for members review.
- February 18: House Ways and Means debates and adopts HE Subcommittee proposal from committee chair, Representative Chip Limehouse, that includes $1.2M increase for USCB and $250,000 each for Upstate and Aiken.
- February 11: House Ways and Means Higher Education Subcommittee, led by Chip Limehouse, recommends that funding be allocated to the three senior comprehensive universities in the USC system: USC Aiken, USCB and USC Upstate.
- February 6: The USC System request raised at Carolina Day at the Statehouse. 18 students, faculty, community members and staff travelled to Columbia to thank local delegation members for their support of the $2.2M USC Columbia request for USCB:
Senators Chip Campsen, Tom Davis and Clementa Pinckney;
Representatives Bill Bowers, Shannon Erickson, Bill Herbkersman, Ken Hodges, Weston Newton, Andy Patrick.
Senator Tom Davis decreed “Honorary Alumnus” of USCB. House delegation members invite Erica Moore, Student Government Association president, and Kyree Whitehead, SGA vice president onto the floor of the House and present the case for funding of USCB.
- January 30: The USC system request comes before the Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on January 30.
- January 8, 2013: Dr. Pastides met with 35 legislators and staff members on the opening day of the legislative session to challenge them to lead this issue on the floor of the House and the Senate.
- December 30, 2012: Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette Editorial Opinion: “USCB not getting fair treatment from the state.”
- October 2012: Request placed in the Governor’s Budget in October 2012 by USC President Harris Pastides.
- Spring, 2011: Parity funding for USCB was raised by the Beaufort delegation in the 2011 Legislative session.