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For all their talk of "conservative principles" and the need for tax cuts, South Carolina lawmakers prefer to keep our debt numbers high. Jamie Murguia explains.
In 2005 South Carolina's credit was downgraded during a fierce dispute between the legislative and executive branches. Ten years later, not much has changed.
We’re not sure what the protocol is when a traffic improvement seems to be necessary, but surely discernible public need plays some role in the process. Yet from what we are learning from readers, it sometimes isn’t.
South Carolina’s top court has agreed to hear two related cases dealing with part of the new state budget and whether the Legislature should have the power to appoint the head of the Department of Transportation.
In fiscal 2013, the S.C. Department of Transportation outsourced 70 percent of its total expenditures, involving the equivalent of more than 1,100 full-time outside jobs in two main non-construction areas, according to an internal report obtained by The Nerve.
As hundreds of bills slogged their way through the General Assembly earlier this year, one narrowly crafted piece of legislation was quietly put on the fast track and nearly passed – without any public input.
In a Sept. 1 letter to ex-S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, House Ethics Committee Chairman Kenny Bingham informed the arguably once-most-powerful lawmaker that paying attorney fees with campaign funds last year during his ethics investigation was a legal no-no.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Nerve's editor is on vacation. In lieu of the normal story lineup, The Nerve is featuring a series of "Top 25" lists, based on state records. Below is a list of the 25 highest-paid S.C. Department of Transportation employees, as listed in the state employee salary database.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Nerve’s editor is on vacation this week. In lieu of the normal story lineup, The Nerve is featuring a series of “Top 25” lists, based on state records. Below is a list of the 25-highest total payments in 2014 by companies, trade groups and other organizations to lobbyists, as compiled by the State Ethics Commission: