September 26, 2018

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PSC election delayed again; public comment chilled under state law

By RICK BRUNDRETT S.C. lawmakers have once again delayed filling a $107,822 seat on the state Public Service Commission, which routinely approved electric rate hikes for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. A screening hearing for PSC Seat 2, which was supposed to have been held Monday of this week, was postponed, according to a […]

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September 20, 2018

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State gives away millions to companies that don’t hit job creation targets

Payoff

By RICK BRUNDRETT Since 2015,14 companies that committed to locating or expanding in South Carolina collectively repaid nearly $7 million in state grants after failing to meet job creation or investment requirements, records show. Four of the companies closed plants in counties that received the grants, and another project never materialized, a review by The […]

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September 12, 2018

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Many S.C. counties left out of gas-tax-hike spending by state

By RICK BRUNDRETT In the first year of a controversial law hiking the state’s gasoline tax and other fees, the S.C. Department of Transportation spent no proceeds in 20 of South Carolina’s 46 counties, newly released records show. Overall, only about $7 million, or 2.2 percent, of $312.6 million in total revenues collected from July […]

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September 6, 2018

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S.C. agencies sitting on nearly $500M in taxpayer funds

By RICK BRUNDRETT As S.C. lawmakers plan to push a massive borrowing bill next year, they likely won’t publicly talk about the fat reserves that some state agencies have accumulated – including their own chambers. State agencies collectively carried over about $484.5 million in general funds into the fiscal year that started July 1, according […]

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August 27, 2018

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S.C. law, contracts offer few privacy protections for huge ‘data warehouse’

By RICK BRUNDRETT If you receive health-related services from certain state agencies, chances are you weren’t told your personal information could be included in a massive “data warehouse” that lawmakers and their staffs have been allowed access to for years. A state privacy law and inter-agency agreements for the 16-year-old database offer weak privacy protections […]

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August 22, 2018

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Year 1 of the gas-tax-hike law: Hundreds of millions collected, little spent

  By RICK BRUNDRETT One year after the state law took effect hiking the gasoline tax and other fees that lawmakers promised would go toward fixing South Carolina’s deteriorating roads and bridges, motorists continue to see little results for their money. Documents with the state Department of Transportation and Comptroller General’s Office show that of […]

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August 17, 2018

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Records: Officials sharply lowered job, investment targets for troubled Element TV

By RICK BRUNDRETT Element TV, which announced last week it will close its television assembly plant in Fairfield County, had to create far fewer jobs than originally promised under a $1.3 million state grant, records obtained this week by The Nerve show. The Minnesota-based company hadn’t maintained even the reduced job target as of last […]

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August 13, 2018

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Element TV plant closure: Taxpayer money down the drain?

By RICK BRUNDRETT Plenty of buzz surrounded Element Electronics’ announcement five years ago that it would open a television assembly plant in Fairfield County, with then-Gov. Nikki Haley joining company officials in a live webcast from a Walmart-sponsored conference in Florida. But little information was publicly released then about the taxpayer costs of the planned […]

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August 8, 2018

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S.C. legislative panel to consider PSC insiders for ‘do-over’ PSC election

By RICK BRUNDRETT An incumbent state Public Service Commission member, a past commissioner and an ex-PSC attorney are among six candidates who have applied for a PSC seat in a “do-over” election imposed by lawmakers in May. The former PSC attorney, who dropped out of a May race for another PSC seat, recently moved so […]

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August 2, 2018

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Tuition, fees used to pay off skyrocketing university IOUs

By RICK BRUNDRETT If you’re a parent of a student attending a South Carolina public college or university, you probably haven’t been told how a good chunk of rising tuition and fees is being spent. Under state law, tuition and other student fees can be used by schools to pay off certain bonds that typically […]

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