Ways and Means Budget Largest in State History – Yet Again

The House is currently debating the budget recommended by the Ways and Means committee after months of hearings. With just over $535 million in “new” recurring revenue[1], lawmakers justify spending as “filling the holes” caused by the recession. However, as we pointed out in our analysis of the executive budget, since 2002 the state budget …

Economic development for the Arts Commission?

Amazingly, now even the Arts Commission is trying to get funding for “economic development” programs. We found this tidbit in the Arts Commission’s FY12-13 budget request: Artist Development:  The agency invests staff time and limited funding to increase the number professional artists in South Carolina who can develop sustainable, productive careers in our state.  A …

The House meets today for budget debate

The House Ways and Means committee officially released their FY 12 – 13 budget on Tuesday.  You can find the bill here.  The bill, coming after weeks of budget hearings and debate, is the committee’s recommendations and, in some cases, starkly differs from the Governor’s executive budget.  You can find our analysis of the executive …