Port-Deepening: Something Everyone Agrees On

The House, Senate Finance Committee, and Governor Haley all have something in common:  each has expressed a commitment to deepening Charleston’s port.  Although the governor’s conviction fell into question late last year when she backed a controversial decision by DHEC to approve a permit for the Port of Savannah’s harbor deepening project.  None the less, […]

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Here’s how complicated state government can be

The Superintendent of the Department of Education (DOE) and lawmakers had an interesting discussion at the Senate Finance Committee meeting yesterday:  why does the House-passed budget include the First Steps program as a line item? First Steps is a program with DOE whose mission is to develop, promote, and assist efforts (at the state and […]

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Comptroller General, nonprofit present budget requests

The Comptroller General (CG) appeared before the Senate Finance Constitutional and Criminal Justice Subcommittee to provide his budget request for FY 13. When the CG stated he had no request for increases in his budget, but would need additional resources to expand his staff next year, one Senator on the panel raised an interesting point: […]

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New Lt. Governor makes first funding request

Yesterday, newly sworn in Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell presented the budget for his office to the Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. His major request to the subcommittee was that the Office of Aging be separated from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. The General Fund should pay for constitutional core functions, he argued, not for […]

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Finance Committee Has Lots of Ideas for Windfall

The Senate Finance Committee met yesterday to hear budget testimony from the Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) and the Office of State Budget (OSB).  You can view the PowerPoint presentation made by the two agencies here.  According to the BEA’s chief economist, the General Assembly has roughly $900 million additional dollars to spend this year.  […]

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House Budget Provio 90.20, or “The Slush Fund”

Each year during the budget process, state lawmakers take “left over” money from the General Fund (we’ve talked about how we feel about the idea of “left over” taxpayer money before) and the Contingency Reserve Fund and distribute it for various purposes. The Governor’s budget managed to exercise some discretion, awarding the $380 to four […]

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Funding the Arts Commission

As recently reported by The Nerve, a bill that establishes a steady source of funding for the Arts Commission,  S. 1210, has passed through the Senate Education K-12 Subcommittee. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the full Education Committee tomorrow. “The bill would provide an annual transfer to the Arts Commission of an […]

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Education Provisos in the House Budget

Two proposed provisos – both of which failed – would have required the State Superintendent of Education to accept federal education funding. The first proviso would have required the Superintendent to accept all federal dollars without exception. After the House debated the monetary implications that the proviso would have on the state, the proviso was […]

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The House Budget Passed Unanimously. Here’s Why.

Last week, the South Carolina House passed its budget on second reading by a vote of 117 to 0. Then members passed it on third reading by a vote of 113 to 0. If you suspect lawmakers’ enthusiastic unanimity is a bad sign, you’re right.

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House Passes Largest Budget in State History

With the budget passed by the House of Representatives in hand, we’ve been able to make some early growth calculations: the total projected budget of $22, 856, 794, 900 (as usual, the largest budget in state history) has grown since last year’s conference committee report by 4.36 percent. The largest category increase came from the […]

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