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Taking the Honest Approach

November 17, 2017

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South Carolina Pension

Fixing South Carolina’s pension system requires realism By BRYCE FIEDLER The Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) – the agency responsible for administering the state’s retirement plans – recently released its annual report assessing the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS). In a huge upswing from previous years, the state’s pension investments performed very well during FY16-17, […]

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Legislative Power-Sharing – with the People?

November 3, 2017

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SC House Energy Committee

Lawmakers want to even the playing field between themselves and the people By HANNAH HILL “…When we have to go back to the ratepayers and explain what we’ve done and things like that, you know the first thing they’re gonna say is ‘Well, why’s it three/two? Why can’t we be at the same table?’” – […]

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Meet the Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council

October 13, 2017

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SC Governor

Why Can’t the Governor Pick His Own Advisers? By BRYCE FIEDLER As it turns out, the now suspended V.C. Summer project isn’t the only nuclear concern in South Carolina. The Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council (NAC) met on October 11th to discuss the troubles facing a poorly managed plutonium fuel construction operation at the Savannah River […]

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You gotta serve someone

October 7, 2017

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In the nukes debacle, Santee Cooper seemed alone and sleepy By BRYCE FIEDLER Chairman Russel Ott appeared frustrated sitting across from outgoing Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter during Tuesday’s House Utility Ratepayer Protection committee hearing. “So you don’t know why the board’s not here?” asked Ott. “I didn’t know they were invited. I don’t think […]

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An Agency Left Unchecked

September 29, 2017

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Problems stem from lack of accountability By BRYCE FIEDLER Every government body deals with its share of problems. In an ideal world, proper oversight systems are in place so that when those issues arise, the right people can be held accountable. But what happens when a government department answers to virtually no one? Look no […]

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The unseen cost of buying jobs

September 22, 2017

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This is economic development at its finest. By BRYCE FIEDLER Since it secured the Volvo manufacturing plant back in July of 2015, the state has been celebrating its achievement with promises of stellar economic growth and thousands of jobs for the Berkeley County area. A spokesman for Berkeley County was asked if taxpayers would be […]

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Leadership is part of the job

September 15, 2017

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Hurricane Irma and tropical storm at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Good governance is the expectation by BRYCE FIEDLER There are two important lessons we can learn from Hurricane Irma: One, that we as a community possess remarkable resolve when faced with adversity; and two, that we offer too much praise to government leaders who are simply doing their job. We have the misguided tendency to […]

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Are they gonna bring back the eclipse?

September 8, 2017

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Solar eclipse

The SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) is spending money to find out how much the state made off the eclipse. According to PRT’s newsletter, museums, state parks, etc. were sold out or nearly sold out due to this “rare celestial event.” It goes on to say: “Because this type of anecdotal evidence […]

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School busybodies

September 1, 2017

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Legislators: stop fussing with education By HANNAH HILL $12,007: That’s how much South Carolina spent on average per K-12 pupil in fiscal year 2014-15. Earlier this week the Education Oversight Committee’s Melanie Barton and the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs office’s Frank Rainwater explained to lawmakers how those dollars are collected and divvied up among South […]

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An agency that doesn’t even work on paper

August 25, 2017

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Time to bid ORS adieu By HANNAH HILL During this week’s legislative energy committee meetings, executive director of the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) Dukes Scott stated that the statutory duties of the ORS conflict at times. The ORS is the entity tasked by state law to “represent the public interest of South Carolina” before […]

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