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Bad news on sales tax

July 13, 2017

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Feeling nibbled? Here’s one reason By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ If you shop locally and wonder where the money goes, the Tax Foundation has an explanation. South Carolinians pay the 17th-highest sales taxes in the nation, according to a new midyear report from the nonpartisan think tank. The ranking, arrived at by combining state and a population-weighted average […]

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For commissioner, governor turns to chamber

July 11, 2017

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Decision to replace Mike Wooten was made in early May By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ More than two months ago, the office of Governor Henry McMaster was lining up a permanent replacement for former state Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Wooten. When it did, it was guided solely by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, according […]

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I-73: One giant step forward, same old error

June 29, 2017

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Analyst says it’s all been a costly mistake By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ When it comes to spending and infrastructure, one of South Carolina’s great white whales rose from the deep with news last week that the Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit to begin work on the South Carolina leg of I-73. Ultimately, the interstate […]

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Small is clean

June 23, 2017

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At the beach, home rule is in the bag By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ One thing we can safely say about the election last November is that it was divisive, or at least that it has done little to heal the country’s divisions. The smoke had barely cleared (some would say it still hasn’t) when Richard Florida, […]

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How many roads must a car drive down?

June 15, 2017

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South Carolina’s murky world of tomorrow By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ South Carolina, like every other state, is in the business of building roads. It’s a big business: Four of the top 10 vendors for the state in 2016 were roads contractors, accounting for $175 million in spending alone. And that doesn’t reckon the opportunity cost — […]

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Whose university is it anyway?

June 13, 2017

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Higher ed regrets governor’s veto By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ On Monday, Governor Henry McMaster vetoed a welter of items in the budget that was passed by the legislature last week, including a proviso that touched upon the authority of the Commission on Higher Education. Last week, a Nerve opinion piece, “How to hamstring a watchdog,” laid […]

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It pays to work for the state

June 8, 2017

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That goes quintuple for higher ed By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ How big should the public sector be, relative to the private, and how well should it compensate its workers? These are questions that ignite wars among economists and ideologues, but there is some consensus: The average value of pay and benefits in the private sector has […]

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South Carolina is giving away billions, but there’s a catch

June 2, 2017

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You have to manage a hedge fund to get it By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Legislators finalized a budget deal this week that was thought to have patched up the underfunded public employees’ pension plan. While it goes some way to addressing funding, it doesn’t do much to address the fund’s investing and spending. There’s been much […]

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Is federal funding bad?

May 26, 2017

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It could be hurting our cities By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Talk of cutting federal funding to cities has hung in the American air like burnt gunpowder since the last election — but how much of a threat is it, really? Could it even be a blessing in disguise? That’s some of the gist of a recent piece […]

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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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