Archive | Inside Insight RSS feed for this section

Throwback Thursday: Unanswered questions about Hardee

August 15, 2019

0 Comments

Former S.C. Department of Transportation commissioner John Hardee (son-in-law of state Sen. Hugh Leatherman) has been in the news lately related to allegations in a federal case that he received payments from an unidentified businessman in exchange for DOT contract awards – not to mention his arrest on a prostitution charge the day after he […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Who controls the Public Service Commission?

August 8, 2019

0 Comments

This week, the Public Service Commission terminated a contract with consultants hired to help set the price for solar energy purchased from small solar companies by large utilities. This decision followed the revelation that the consulting company in question had deep ties to investor-owned utilities – prompting public outcry and legislative disapproval. While public trust […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Lawmakers, higher ed institutions violate state oversight law

August 1, 2019

0 Comments

University of South Carolina

At a Joint Bond Review Committee (JBRC) meeting this week, several universities and one tech school openly violated a state law requiring colleges and universities to get the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHE) approval for proposed permanent improvement projects before going before the JBRC with their requests. Lawmakers overlooked that legal requirement for two of […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Lawmakers not addressing real lack of educational accountability

July 25, 2019

0 Comments

This month the Senate Education Committee resumed hearings on its version of the education omnibus bill that passed the House earlier this year, with the primary topic being governance reform. However, the “reforms” under discussion are focused solely on state intervention into local schools – to the point of suspending local school boards under certain […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Government jobs for former lawmakers

June 27, 2019

0 Comments

At the close of this week’s one-day special session, the Senate confirmed – without warning – the appointment of former state Rep. Mike Pitts to a magistrate seat in Laurens County.  Pitts’ first attempt to secure a government job fell through earlier this year. After his Senate confirmation for the directorship of the Conservation Bank […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Advisory board should oversee Santee Cooper sale

June 20, 2019

0 Comments

santee cooper

Yesterday the Santee Cooper Advisory Board (comprised of five statewide-elected officers including the governor) met for the first time in decades – at least – to execute one of their key statutory roles: the selection of an external auditor for the state-owned utility. The advisory board’s role has been forgotten and neglected for years, with […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Gas tax dollars originally aimed at STIB debt, not roads

June 13, 2019

0 Comments

Layer of broken asphalt road at rural areas.

When lawmakers passed the 12-cent gas tax increase two years ago, they promised that every dime would go to repairing existing roads. Today, most of the gas tax revenue sits unspent while roads continue to crumble – so much so that this week, the SC Policy Council launched Project Road Repair to help citizens get […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Anything can happen in a special session

June 6, 2019

0 Comments

South Carolina Senate

This week, legislative leaders called for a special session later this month, ostensibly to address the governor’s budget vetoes. However, it’s important to note that a special session is an opportunity for lawmakers to do practically anything they want. While technically the General Assembly is limited to only a handful of topics, the first of […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Keeping the Governor out of Santee Cooper

May 23, 2019

0 Comments

santee cooper

The S.C. Senate’s verdict on the best way to sell Santee Cooper could be summed up this way: For this to work, the governor has to stay out of it – and if he doesn’t, lawmakers will vote against whatever position he is pushing. Senators during this week’s special session debated a resolution to solicit […]

Continue reading...

Throwback Thursday: Lawmakers often don’t like recording their votes

May 16, 2019

0 Comments

Last week, the Senate skipped a legally required roll-call vote for one of the most significant bills of the session – the Panthers incentive legislation. The Senate frequently does this, agreeing by “unanimous consent” to push amendments – and the roll-call vote – to third reading. Trouble is, the law doesn’t say that at some […]

Continue reading...