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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You’re not the boss of us

July 14, 2017

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When economic development becomes a state priority, citizens lose control By HANNAH HILL As the Policy Council has been compiling this year’s Best and Worst of the General Assembly, I couldn’t help noticing a recurring theme: economic development-related bills. Some are overt, like one that would create two new programs and a grant fund to […]

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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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