Tag Archives: Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

Will Year 2 of gas tax credit be as unpopular as the first?

March 13, 2020

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By RICK BRUNDRETT A state agency is again predicting that S.C. taxpayers will claim the maximum-allowed amount of income tax credits to offset the gas tax hike, though the first official estimate was way off the mark. For last year’s income tax filings, the S.C. Revenue and Fiscal Affairs (RFA) Office projected that a total […]

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Key details in Volvo cost-benefit analyses kept secret by S.C. Commerce

July 12, 2019

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By RICK BRUNDRETT More than four years after officials announced that Volvo would locate in South Carolina, the state Department of Commerce won’t reveal the estimated amounts of certain public costs and benefits identified in analyses of the $1.1 billion project. The Nerve reported last month, based on Commerce records obtained under the state open-records […]

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No bad bridges fixed under gas-tax-hike law, slow progress with other funds

June 12, 2019

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By RICK BRUNDRETT The state transportation department hasn’t replaced one bad bridge with gas-tax-hike revenues collected for nearly two years – despite promises by lawmakers that the money would be used to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. And the Department of Transportation has completed relatively few bridge projects in recent years with other […]

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Little-known S.C. panel regularly OKs requests to release sensitive information

December 14, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT For at least two years, a few members of an obscure state panel have routinely approved requests by public- and private-sector researchers for sensitive information contained in a massive health “data warehouse,” records reviewed by The Nerve show. The medical records database, managed by the state Revenue and Fiscal Affairs (RFA) Office, […]

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Huge shortfalls projected in state fund for gas tax credits

October 25, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT After S.C. income taxpayers can no longer claim tax credits to offset a 75-percent gas tax hike, the state transportation agency expects to have $114 million available annually for a new interstate-widening program – and to help fix crumbling bridges. But newly released records reviewed by The Nerve show that over the […]

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

August 27, 2018

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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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Committee chaired by Leatherman passed $7 million hike for university with ties to senator

July 13, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT S.C. Senate president pro tempore Hugh Leatherman – arguably the state’s most powerful lawmaker – has a science building on Francis Marion University’s campus named after him. The Florence County Republican is an emeritus member of the university’s board of trustees. His daughter has been an at-large board member since 2016 after […]

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How S.C. lawmakers might have access to your private information

July 3, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT For 10 years, a proviso tucked away in the state budget has given lawmakers and multiple S.C. agencies access to a massive “data warehouse” containing personal medical records of many South Carolinians. Now, lawmakers want to launch a similar database that would track sensitive education and workforce information on children and adults […]

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