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Legislature Flouts Law Requiring Joint Public Hearings on Budget

It looks like the S.C. General Assembly’s two appropriations committees once again are flouting a provision of state law requiring the panels to hold joint public hearings on the state budget. Under Title 11, Chapter 11 of the S.C. Code … 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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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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Incentives Transparency Bill Looks Promising Next Session

It’s been eight years since a state law was passed requiring the S.C. Department of Commerce to publicly disclose incentives offered to companies to invest capital and create jobs in the state. But that law contains loopholes big enough to … Continue reading

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Local Bills Again Under Scrutiny

When the S.C. General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday, lawmakers are expected to focus mainly on the redrawing of legislative and congressional district lines. But there’s also a chance, though slim, that they might wrestle with another hot-button issue: whether to break … Continue reading

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Millions Flow to Senators’ Businesses

For some S.C. senators, it pays to have connections with state government.

From 2007 through 2009, S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant’s pharmacy earned $5 million in payments through the state health plan and Medicaid programs, according to his statements of economic interests filed with the S.C. Ethics Commission. Continue reading

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