Sen. Shane Martin
The S.C. Senate is running out of time.
A Senate panel Tuesday scrapped major parts of a controversial House ethics-reform bill, putting investigations of lawmakers under a reconstituted State Ethics Commission and proposing tougher penalties for ethics violations.
When it comes to transparency of taxpayer-backed incentives for business projects, the Palmetto State received an “F” in a recently released study by a national nonprofit consumer group.
As the S.C. House of Representatives begins debate on the 2013-14 budget in about 10 days, one of the biggest issues focuses on whether South Carolina will expand Medicaid under new federal health care rules coming in January 2014.
Fines and other sanctions against S.C. lawmakers are not published online and usually are not released publicly unless there is a specific request.
An effort to give South Carolina taxpayers a better sense of whether they get their money’s worth in economic development incentives could be generating more discussion, if not greater support.
If South Carolinians want to know who some state legislators are looking out for in economic development incentives – taxpayers or corporations – a fly on the wall at a recent hearing might say it all.
A bill that has moved another step closer to passing would have the state subsidize early-stage venture capital investing on top of three existing programs that do more or less the same thing.
A state House member has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session aimed at bringing more accountability and transparency to the process of granting taxpayer-funded incentives to companies.