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MY LAST NERVE: Lawmakers Asking the Public What to Do with New Powers

Sept. 4, 2015, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

A House oversight committee is seeking public input on several agencies under review, including the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB). It’s hard to know if members really want input or whether they just like the appearance of inclusion in their decision-making process. Whether they do or not, they’ve asked for it here.

 

State Agency Reviewing County Lines – Minus Public Input

Sept. 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A small state agency that was given the power under a law passed last year to set county boundary lines has been working on projects throughout South Carolina, though local officials or affected property owners haven’t been included yet in the review, according to the agency's director.

Columbia Could Get Bigger Payout under Marketing Deal, Records Show

Aug. 31, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The city of Columbia could receive at least $750,000 in commissions from a Connecticut-based company that the city is officially endorsing to offer repair-service plans to home water and sewer customers, documents show.

Legislature Hoarding Millions in State Tax Dollars

Aug. 26, 2015, 6 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The S.C. Legislature started fiscal 2016 with nearly $30 million in extra general funds  for its own use, records show.

DOT Bank Accounts Bigger than Reported by Agency?

Aug. 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

At the end of July, the S.C. Department of Transportation reported having $269 million in collective cash balances in its non-federal aid and highway funds, department records publicly released last week show.

But as of Aug. 17, the $1.8 billion agency had nearly $518.7 million in total cash balances – close to double what was presented at a DOT Commission workshop meeting on Thursday – according to separate records provided to The Nerve by the state Comptroller General’s Office.

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MY LAST NERVE: Lawmakers Asking the Public What to Do with New Powers

Sept. 4, 2015, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

A House oversight committee is seeking public input on several agencies under review, including the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB). It’s hard to know if members really want input or whether they just like the appearance of inclusion in their decision-making process. Whether they do or not, they’ve asked for it here.

 

State Agency Reviewing County Lines – Minus Public Input

Sept. 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A small state agency that was given the power under a law passed last year to set county boundary lines has been working on projects throughout South Carolina, though local officials or affected property owners haven’t been included yet in the review, according to the agency's director.

Columbia Could Get Bigger Payout under Marketing Deal, Records Show

Aug. 31, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The city of Columbia could receive at least $750,000 in commissions from a Connecticut-based company that the city is officially endorsing to offer repair-service plans to home water and sewer customers, documents show.

Legislature Hoarding Millions in State Tax Dollars

Aug. 26, 2015, 6 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The S.C. Legislature started fiscal 2016 with nearly $30 million in extra general funds  for its own use, records show.

DOT Bank Accounts Bigger than Reported by Agency?

Aug. 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

At the end of July, the S.C. Department of Transportation reported having $269 million in collective cash balances in its non-federal aid and highway funds, department records publicly released last week show.

But as of Aug. 17, the $1.8 billion agency had nearly $518.7 million in total cash balances – close to double what was presented at a DOT Commission workshop meeting on Thursday – according to separate records provided to The Nerve by the state Comptroller General’s Office.

Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause against Lawmaker, Then Drops Case

Aug. 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The State Ethics Commission recently found probable cause that freshman Rep. Greg Duckworth violated state ethics law by not properly recusing himself from a North Myrtle Beach project while he was a city councilman.

Legislative Staffing Grows with Government Restructuring Law

Aug. 17, 2015, 9:06 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

While the restructuring of state government under a 2014 law supposedly will make it more accountable and efficient, taxpayers keep getting stuck with big bills with the reshuffling.

Columbia Getting Big Bucks for Promoting Private Firm’s Service Plans

Aug. 12, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The city of Columbia will collect tens of thousands of dollars over the next five years from a Connecticut-based company in exchange for officially endorsing the firm’s offer of repair-service plans to home water and sewer customers, The Nerve has learned.

Required Ethics Training for State Workers Underway

Aug. 10, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The new state Department of Administration paid about $61,000 for a web-based training program on ethics that some 24,000 state employees will have to watch, The Nerve confirmed last week.

Billions in Tax Dollars Paid to State Agency Vendors

Aug. 5, 2015, 9 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In recent years, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has easily ranked as the top-paid vendor – taking in more than $1.3 billion in fiscal 2014 – among all state agencies excluding public colleges and universities, state comptroller general records show.