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Senate Faces Choice on Dept. of Administration: True Change or Fig-Leaf Reform

Although myriad ifs, ands or buts could derail it, a full-on elimination of the Budget and Control Board is in the works in the S.C. General Assembly. On Tuesday, the Senate plans to resume debating a bill that would abolish … Continue reading

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Diverse Leaders See Benefits in Privately Run Ports

A key issue has been overlooked in a political firestorm engulfing a state board’s recent decision to approve a project that could help Georgia better compete against South Carolina in the ports industry. The issue holds major economic implications for … Continue reading

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Clemson PSA Seeks Huge Budget Hike After Violating Law with Raises

A Clemson University agency is seeking $57 million more in state funding for next fiscal year just a few months after a state audit said the agency violated South Carolina law by dishing out hefty pay raises to high-level employees … Continue reading

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Report: S.C. Needs Higher Education Overhaul

From a troubled transportation center at South Carolina State University to a botched biomass plant at USC, South Carolina’s taxpayer-supported colleges and universities have pursued some costly misadventures in the recent past. But these problematic projects, notably the University of … Continue reading

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State Budget Process: What the Law Says vs. What Lawmakers Do

Amid football season and the approaching holidays, all’s quiet on the State House grounds with the S.C. General Assembly out of session until legislators reconvene in January. But, behind the scenes in state government, the ultimate sausage-making is in full … Continue reading

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Be It Resolved: Politicians Love Their Names on Highways

Ever since David Beasley was governor of South Carolina in the 1990s, the state Department of Transportation has posted the name of the state’s chief executive on interstate “Welcome to South Carolina” signs. The practice evidently began as a classic … Continue reading

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Legislature Still Polices Itself in Ethics Cases

Republican Lt. Gov. Ken Ard, who is the subject of a criminal probe into allegations that he used campaign money illegally, probably would be breathing a lot easier if he were a member of the S.C. House instead of a … Continue reading

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Increased Focus on Whether S.C. Needs a Lt. Governor

It’s been nearly half a century since the South Carolina lieutenant governor’s seat has been vacant, but there’s growing talk of returning to that status – except this time it would be permanent. John Crangle, director of the government watchdog … Continue reading

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BCB Hard to Kill in Department of Administration Bill

If a Department of Administration is going to happen this year, the S.C. General Assembly in wrapping up its work from the 2011 legislative session will have to take decisive action on a very complex issue. But even if it … Continue reading

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‘Extra Session’ Dustup Could Eclipse Vote to Nix BCB

In a perhaps unprecedented move, the S.C. Senate has voted unanimously to abolish the unique, long-criticized hybrid of the executive and legislative branches of state government that is the Budget and Control Board.

In doing so, however, the Senate set itself on a collision course with Gov. Nikki Haley in a showdown that could end up being decided by the third branch of state government – the judiciary. Continue reading

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