December 1, 2017

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People who live in glass houses…

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Lawmakers are against wasteful spending – in the counties By HANNAH HILL In a House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting this week, state lawmakers expressed great concern about the responsibility of county spending practices. Let’s be clear: County spending habits are technically no concern of the state, from a jurisdictional perspective. However, the law requires […]

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November 17, 2017

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Taking the Honest Approach

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Fixing South Carolina’s pension system requires realism By BRYCE FIEDLER The Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) – the agency responsible for administering the state’s retirement plans – recently released its annual report assessing the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS). In a huge upswing from previous years, the state’s pension investments performed very well during FY16-17, […]

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November 3, 2017

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Legislative Power-Sharing – with the People?

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Lawmakers want to even the playing field between themselves and the people By HANNAH HILL “…When we have to go back to the ratepayers and explain what we’ve done and things like that, you know the first thing they’re gonna say is ‘Well, why’s it three/two? Why can’t we be at the same table?’” – […]

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October 13, 2017

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Meet the Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council

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Why Can’t the Governor Pick His Own Advisers? By BRYCE FIEDLER As it turns out, the now suspended V.C. Summer project isn’t the only nuclear concern in South Carolina. The Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council (NAC) met on October 11th to discuss the troubles facing a poorly managed plutonium fuel construction operation at the Savannah River […]

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October 7, 2017

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You gotta serve someone

In the nukes debacle, Santee Cooper seemed alone and sleepy By BRYCE FIEDLER Chairman Russel Ott appeared frustrated sitting across from outgoing Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter during Tuesday’s House Utility Ratepayer Protection committee hearing. “So you don’t know why the board’s not here?” asked Ott. “I didn’t know they were invited. I don’t think […]

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October 6, 2017

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Technical colleges dinged

Comparisons raise questions about how well they’re working for whom By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ When it comes to higher ed, powerhouse four-year schools like USC and Clemson understandably get most of the attention in South Carolina and beyond — and much of it is positive, interspersed with concerns about mounting costs. At the same time, in […]

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September 29, 2017

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An Agency Left Unchecked

Problems stem from lack of accountability By BRYCE FIEDLER Every government body deals with its share of problems. In an ideal world, proper oversight systems are in place so that when those issues arise, the right people can be held accountable. But what happens when a government department answers to virtually no one? Look no […]

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September 22, 2017

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The unseen cost of buying jobs

This is economic development at its finest. By BRYCE FIEDLER Since it secured the Volvo manufacturing plant back in July of 2015, the state has been celebrating its achievement with promises of stellar economic growth and thousands of jobs for the Berkeley County area. A spokesman for Berkeley County was asked if taxpayers would be […]

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September 20, 2017

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Fight over reactors continues — in Georgia

Regulators move forward with project similar to V.C. Summer By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Georgia’s Public Service Commission set hearings yesterday to determine whether the Vogtle nuclear facility will be built there, with a decision expected in February. Three weeks ago, the Georgia Power Company told the regulators it wanted to complete the two-reactor project, near Waynesboro. It’s […]

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September 15, 2017

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Public Service Commissioner Screenings Suspended Indefinitely

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Screening process would be “redundant” By HANNAH HILL and BRYCE FIEDLER The screening process for the Public Service Commission (PSC), the board that regulates the state’s private utilities, has been suspended “until further notice.” The PSC is a central player in the recently abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear construction project, and had primary control of the […]

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