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Gas-tax-hike law at 3 years: Completed jobs still lag way behind collections

August 13, 2020

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By RICK BRUNDRETT In the first three years of the gas-tax-hike law, the state collected more than $1.3 billion in revenues – enough to pay for almost all of the identified road and bridge projects statewide – yet is sitting on nearly half of the money, newly released records show. As of June 30, the […]

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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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Powerful legislative chairman profits from state-funded groups

November 2, 2018


Update: S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, on 12/4/18 informed White that he would be removed from the Ways and Means Committee, according to a prepared statement from White on 12/5/18. White was transferred to the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, was appointed to replace White as the Ways and […]

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

April 5, 2018


  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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