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Trick plays? How job estimates have grown with the Panthers’ planned SC move

December 6, 2019

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By RICK BRUNDRETT The Carolina Panthers’ planned move of its headquarters and training facilities to Rock Hill is part of a larger effort to create 7,000 jobs with an average annual salary of $60,000 – as claimed in a state application for a federal grant to build an interstate interchange that would benefit the NFL […]

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What happened to that new Ethics Commission?

May 24, 2017

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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 Official Keeping Mum about $8.5 Million?

September 8, 2015

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IT WOULD SEEM LIKE GOOD NEWS. YET FOR SOME REASON IT ISN’T. On September 8th, the Lexington Town Council will vote on a new 2 percent tax on all prepared food in the town. The new tax will increase the tax on prepared food to 9 percent. The primary argument for a new “hospitality” tax […]

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MY LAST NERVE: How That Tax Hike Happened

April 17, 2015

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SORRY, PEOPLE, WE COULDN’T FIND ANY MONEY IN A $26 BILLION BUDGET FOR A BASIC GOVERNMENT SERVICE On Wednesday, the House took the pressure off the Senate by passing a $360 million tax hike. The Senate had tried to pass a similar bill several weeks ago but members found themselves having to explain why the […]

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Legislative Correspondence Likely to Remain Secret

September 17, 2014

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Top Secret

There doesn’t seem to be much interest right now among S.C. legislators to eliminate a special protection for them in the state’s open-records law. The Nerve interviewed four of five members of a special Senate Judiciary study committee that met Tuesday to discuss possible changes to the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. The members of […]

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FOIA Suffers Setbacks in Legislature, Supreme Court

June 30, 2014

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Access Key

By RICK BRUNDRETT   Reformers of the Freedom of Information Act in South Carolina – which recently received a flunking grade in a national study on access to public information – are finding few friends in the S.C. Legislature or Supreme Court these days. In a repeat of the two-year legislative session in 2011-12, a […]

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Lawmakers Fight to the End for Their Own Pay Raise

June 20, 2014

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Money Forest

You won’t find it in the official S.C. Senate Journal, but there initially were more “yes” than “no” votes cast by senators this week for a big pay hike for the 170-member General Assembly. The journal shows that the Senate’s final tally on Wednesday to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of the $12,000 yearly pay […]

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S.C. House Rushes Through Amended Ethics-Reform Bill

May 1, 2013

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SC House Chamber

After delaying debate several times over the past week, the S.C. House took less than an hour late Tuesday afternoon to approve an amended ethics-reform bill, though two opposing lawmakers complained afterward they didn’t have time to review the changes. “The bill was literally changing minutes before we were asked to vote,” Rep. Ralph Norman, […]

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FOIA Reforms Hung Up Again Over Legislative Exemption

April 30, 2013

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Accountability

Patrick Donlon of Irmo didn’t expect a controversy over a $50,000 state grant that the town sought in 2012 for a new park. After the 74-year-old retiree was informed that the town didn’t have a copy of the grant application, he remained persistent and eventually got it from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and […]

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House Leaders Plan Changes to ‘Ethics-Reform’ Bill in Secret; Debate Delayed Again

April 26, 2013

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SC House Chamber

A controversial S.C. House “ethics-reform” bill criticized for being shrouded in secrecy grew even more mysterious Thursday when House leaders delayed floor debate yet again after a secret meeting on a planned overhaul of the legislation. Members of the Republican Caucus learned in a closed-door meeting Thursday that there would be a 38-page “strike-and-insert” amendment […]

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