Author Archives: Rick Brundrett

No End in Sight for Court Fees

If users of the state’s court system are hoping to see lower court fees any time soon, they likely won’t find an ally in S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal. During a hearing last week before a Senate Judiciary … Continue reading

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S.C. House Bill Proposes Major Child Custody Law Changes

South Carolina’s child custody law would see its biggest overhaul in decades under a bill that has sailed through the S.C. House. The bill (H. 4614), sponsored by Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, spells out definitions of joint and sole custody … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Thousands Spent Annually Wining and Dining S.C. Lawmakers

It’s a sure sign the S.C. General Assembly is back in session when tents rise on the State House grounds. On Tuesdays through Thursdays from January through May, and especially with the return of warmer weather, the 170-member General Assembly … Continue reading

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House Bill Could Give Accused Criminals Multiple Breaks

Offenders charged with certain crimes could have their records wiped clean multiple times under a bill introduced this month by a state House member who is a criminal defense attorney. Under the bill (H. 4603) by Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, … Continue reading

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Secret Budget Process Continues in S.C. General Assembly

If you’re a policy wonk or had a really bad case of insomnia and read Gov. Nikki Haley’s 379-page proposed executive budget for next fiscal year, you might have noticed something odd on pages 298 and 299. Unlike dozens of other state … Continue reading

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Guv’s Office, Commerce Can’t Produce Job-Creation Records

In an interview on Dec. 15, Gov. Nikki Haley told a reporter with The State newspaper, “I sleep, eat and breathe jobs every day.” On Wednesday, she told lawmakers in her state-of-the-state address that South Carolina was “surging,” pointing to … Continue reading

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Boeing Not a ‘Public Body,’ Federal Judge Rules

Despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed incentives from South Carolina, aerospace giant Boeing is not a public body under the state’s whistleblower law, a federal judge has ruled. That’s mainly because the Chicago-based company “satisfies” a condition … Continue reading

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Japan Trips, Other Taxpayer-Funded Freebies Offered to Bridgestone

Over the next several years, as many as 200 new employees at the expanding Bridgestone plant site in Aiken County will be flown to Japan, where the international tire manufacturer is headquartered, according to a state incentives agreement obtained by … Continue reading

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End of the Road for I-95 Corridor Authority?

A legislative showdown is brewing over an S.C. Senate bill that would create another state agency whose purported goal is to improve economic conditions in historically poor, rural counties along Interstate 95. The bill (S. 211) creating the “I-95 Corridor … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Move to Stop School Bond Bills

Several S.C. school districts that are seeking the General Assembly’s approval to allow them to sell taxpayer-backed bonds for daily operations likely will face an even tougher fight when lawmakers return to Columbia next week. Sens. Danny Verdin, R-Laurens, and … Continue reading

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