Tag Archives: Richard Eckstrom

Accounting Change Adds More Truth, Transparency to Budget

The S.C. Board of Economic Advisors has made a change – quietly, and evidently with no other media attention to it – that adds more truth and transparency to the state budgeting process. Yes, you read that correctly – more … Continue reading

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Richland 2 Crawls onto Transparency Bandwagon

The last of South Carolina’s 80-plus school districts has finally posted its check register online, nearly 1.5 years after being required to do so by a state budget proviso. Richland School District 2, one of the 10 largest school districts … Continue reading

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State Financial Meeting Closed to the Public, Media

A wide-ranging meeting Gov. Nikki Haley organized in June to discuss state finances with representatives of the Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency and a bevy of high-ranking state officials was closed to the public and the media. The meeting … Continue reading

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Higher Retirement Tab Costs Taxpayers, Not Employees

A familiar elephant was in the room when the S.C. Budget and Control Board met Tuesday morning in Columbia. Indeed, the elephant is present at many Budget and Control Board meetings. It hangs around the State House, too, when the … Continue reading

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After Nerve Story, Higher Ed Transparency Bill Revived

A bill requiring South Carolina’s state-supported colleges and universities to report their spending online has risen from the dead and looks like it might pass today – the last day of this year’s regular legislative session.
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Senator Proposes Huge Increase in Court Funding

South Carolina’s court system likely would receive at least $70 million more annually in state tax dollars – nearly tripling its current general fund appropriation – if a proposal by a lawyer-lawmaker becomes law. Continue reading

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Handful of Districts Hold Out on Transparency

All but four of South Carolina’s 85 school districts – Dillon 2, Lexington 1, Orangeburg 4 and Richland 2 – have posted their check registers online. Continue reading

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