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

September 6, 2018


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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Workers’ comp fees cash cow for lawyer-lawmakers

April 11, 2018


By RICK BRUNDRETT A total of nearly $4 million in legal fees from workers’ compensation cases was paid out in 2017 to 21 lawyer-legislators or their law firms, records show – fees typically approved by commissioners who are screened and confirmed by state senators. The two lawmakers reporting the highest workers’ comp earnings last year […]

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General Assembly spends over $70K so far on V.C. Summer ‘advice’

March 31, 2018


By RICK BRUNDRETT The S.C. Legislature spent more than $70,000 for an outside consulting firm to give it “advice” late last year relating to the V.C. Summer debacle – a financial quagmire that lawmakers played a large role in creating. The Virginia-based firm was paid by the House and Senate without producing a report for […]

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Will S.C. governor reappoint powerful senator’s relative to DOT Commission?

February 9, 2018


By RICK BRUNDRETT Time is fast running out for Gov. Henry McMaster to decide whether to reappoint the son-in-law of Sen. Hugh Leatherman – one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers who exerts tremendous control over transportation spending – to the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission. Commissioner John Hardee came under scrutiny in 2015 when […]

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‘Reform’ bill would give more control to this South Carolina power broker

January 26, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT One of South Carolina’s most powerful lawmakers would gain even more control under a just-passed House bill purporting to reform an influential screening panel in the aftermath of the failed V.C. Summer project. House bill 4378 would automatically put Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, or his designee on the proposed […]

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