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South Carolina is giving away billions, but there’s a catch

June 2, 2017


You have to manage a hedge fund to get it By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Legislators finalized a budget deal this week that was thought to have patched up the underfunded public employees’ pension plan. While it goes some way to addressing funding, it doesn’t do much to address the fund’s investing and spending. There’s been much […]

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Is federal funding bad?

May 26, 2017

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It could be hurting our cities By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Talk of cutting federal funding to cities has hung in the American air like burnt gunpowder since the last election — but how much of a threat is it, really? Could it even be a blessing in disguise? That’s some of the gist of a recent piece […]

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What happened to that new Ethics Commission?

May 24, 2017


Seven weeks later, the state Senate still hasn’t approved one By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Reforms to the state Ethics Commission were due to be enacted as of April 1 of this year, but if you visited its website lately, and looked at the space where the eight members of the commission should be listed, you’d have […]

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Why is this man still on the DOT commission?

May 9, 2017


Mike Wooten’s term expired 11 weeks ago, yet there he is By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ There’s been a lot of talk of reform around the South Carolina statehouse recently — specifically, of reforming the state Department of Transportation. This has occurred in both the House and Senate as each chamber crafted and passed bills to raise […]

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When the state lobbies itself

May 4, 2017


From agency to chamber to General Assembly, the money goes round By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, along with various local chambers of commerce in the state, has been busy lately. The chambers, which periodically lobby state government for more spending, among other things, have been especially vocal about wanting the gas […]

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More state payments to consultants discovered

April 24, 2017


Research authority is paying political operative more than 850K By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ The South Carolina Research Authority, chartered by the state in 1983 to “foster and enrich South Carolina’s innovation economy,” has paid political consultant Bob McAlister at least $855,500 since 2011. The payments are all to McAlister’s firm, McAlister Communications, most in consistent monthly amounts […]

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The threat to motorists’ safety isn’t roads

April 18, 2017


Please stay on the line if you want to make driving dangerous By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ In the seemingly interminable debate about funding for roads in South Carolina, with the latest gas-tax hike up for floor debate today in the state Senate, we’re often told that billions of dollars must be taxed or borrowed, and spent, […]

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Preschool program pays consultant hefty fees

April 11, 2017


Bob McAlister cleared more than 350k from SC First Steps By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness, an early-childhood development program funded by the state, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a prominent political consultant over the last several years, according to documents obtained from the state Department of Education. Between […]

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More money for more roads might be bad

April 6, 2017


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We’re up against human nature By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Several recent studies suggest that what seems to be true for South Carolina is true of all the states’ road systems: They’re not falling apart. What’s more, repaving roads and building new ones is not a good way to address at least some roadway deaths. Both conclusions […]

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Wealthier, more connected counties get big road projects

March 27, 2017


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Bank spending in well-worn groove Billions of dollars flow through South Carolina every year, to contractors and others, for roads and other infrastructure projects. The money comes from three pots, essentially: funds sent from the General Assembly through the state Department of Transportation; federal dollars channeled through SCDOT; and money, usually borrowed, […]

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