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S.C.’s massive debt load partly based on misleading state finance report

March 15, 2019


By RICK BRUNDRETT When it comes to debt, the state of South Carolina is swimming in billions of it. Yet an important report on the state’s finances, issued by Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom – the state’s chief accountant – and considered a key document by credit rating agencies in evaluating state debt, according to an […]

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Taxpayer cost grows for high-priced consultants in wake of V.C. Summer fiasco

February 12, 2019


  By RICK BRUNDRETT Since the 2017 collapse of the V.C. Summer nuclear project – which the Legislature made possible through a quietly passed law 10 years earlier – lawmakers and state utility regulators collectively have spent at least $729,000 on consultants hired to give them advice or issue reports. The total includes $379,203 this […]

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Tuition, fees used to pay off skyrocketing university IOUs

August 2, 2018

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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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Santee Cooper execs get big bonuses, pay hikes, while nuclear debt mushrooms

February 27, 2018


By RICK BRUNDRETT As state-owned utility Santee Cooper was racking up billions in debt – which ratepayers are expected to shoulder – for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, the company’s top executives were raking in huge bonuses and salary hikes. More than $4 billion in bonds that were sold to finance the biggest financial […]

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