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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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Listen to your accountant

August 18, 2017

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On spending, how about self-discipline? By BRYCE FIEDLER The state Comptroller General’s office released its annual budget report this week, giving citizens insight into the sources of state revenue and how that money was spent as well as suggestions for future spending. Here’s the bottom line: The government needs to spend less. According to the report, […]

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Where was the utilities committee?

August 11, 2017

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Somebody wasn’t doing something By HANNAH HILL Earlier this week the House speaker and the Senate president pro tem each created special legislative committees in response to the abandonment of the V.C. Summer nuclear project. Speaker Jay Lucas said in his press release that “The only responsible path forward is to comprehensively study the issue,” […]

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Nowhere to run

August 4, 2017

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Now we’re up a creek with Santee Cooper By HANNAH HILL When the multi-billion V.C. Summer nuclear reactor project was scrapped this week, the question on everyone’s mind was “Who’s going to pick up the tab for this?” SCANA, SCE&G’s parent corporation, wasted no time in asking the Public Service Commission’s permission to pass the […]

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Picking produce — and winners

July 28, 2017

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Not peachy-keen on tax-credit schemes By HANNAH HILL Tax credits can be some of the worst policies a government can pass. Taxes, as a rule, should be broad-based (everybody pays them) and low-rate (nobody pays much). Tax credits usually violate that principle – after all, tax cuts are different from tax favors. The former lowers […]

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Enough with the parting gifts

July 21, 2017

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Consulting jobs for ex-agency heads are costly and unnecessary By ABBY NUGENT According to a contract obtained by the Post and Courier, the former head of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Catherine Templeton, accepted a contract with the agency just one day after she left her position in January of 2015. […]

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