Tag Archives: Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism

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

September 6, 2018

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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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S.C. tourism agency worked secretly for months to buy Ted Turner’s island

April 5, 2018

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  By RICK BRUNDRETT South Carolina’s tourism department for months kept secret from the public its plans to buy an island owned by billionaire Ted Turner for what the agency director touts will be a “premium experience” for tourists. Beaufort County and school district officials joined in the secrecy surrounding the taxpayer-funded, approximately $5 million […]

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House member tries to get tax dollars to buy land from nonprofit he founded

March 23, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT As the S.C. House debate last week on the $28 billion-plus state budget dragged into the evening, Rep. Bill Bowers filed an amendment seeking to direct $400,000 for the purchase of 107 acres next to Lake Warren State Park in Hampton County. “This is a win-win all on the state side,” the […]

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