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See me after class

August 7, 2017

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South Carolinians fall short on education, finance, wealth By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ South Carolina businesses are much more likely to be white-owned than businesses on average in the U.S., and less likely to be owned by women. Does that affect its prosperity? At the same time, businesses owned by men and by whites are more valuable […]

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So your reactors are kaput. Now what?

August 2, 2017

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There’s a big mess in Jenkinsville to unbuild By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ The announcement earlier this week that SCE&G and state-owned utility Santee Cooper were pulling the plug on construction of two nuclear reactors in Jenkinsville has left questions that keep multiplying. In the run-up to the decision, one factor driving it was that the partly-completed, […]

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Who pays for failed reactors?

August 1, 2017

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Spoiler alert: probably you By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Last week, as the planned construction of two nuclear reactors in South Carolina was enveloped in doubt following the bankruptcy of their contractor, Westinghouse, news came of another planned rate-hike by one of the project’s two partners, the government-owned utility Santee Cooper. Under the proposal, the Santee Cooper […]

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Watching that gas-tax money

July 26, 2017

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Comptroller says account will be online By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Once the state gas tax increase went into effect on the first day of July, money began to flow from it and vehicle sales tax and registration fees through various state agencies to the State Treasurer, en route to… To where, precisely, is the question. The […]

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A huge hike to cover troubled nuclear reactors

July 24, 2017

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Santee Cooper proposes raising residential rates by almost 10 percent By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility, is notifying customers that it wants to raise its rates by more than 9 percent over the next several years, in part to cover “costs associated with nuclear construction.” The reference is to its share of the $11 […]

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Why is electricity so expensive in South Carolina?

July 20, 2017

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We pay more than any other state — but not all of us do By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ In a ranking of states by total energy costs, South Carolina is solidly in the middle, at 24th most expensive. When the costs of electricity, natural gas, motor fuel, and home heating oil are averaged and combined, state […]

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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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