Establishing the South Carolina Farm Aid Fund

H.4717 establishes the South Carolina Farm Aid Fund in response to the October flooding. The fund is administered by the Department of Agriculture, with the advice of a Farm Aid Advisory Board comprised by agency and industry heads, some of whom are appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture and the Director of the Department of […]

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More Transparency for Other Funds

S.1005 would mandate the reporting of information related to other funds, defined in the bill as “all non-general fund revenue appropriated or authorized by the General Assembly in acts and joint resolutions appropriating revenues for the operations of state government.” The budget is divided primarily into three sources of funds: general funds (from general taxation), […]

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Mandating the Construction of a Pedestrian Overpass

H.4417 would direct the state Department of Transportation to build a pedestrian overpass in Charleston. This is wasteful meddling in DOT affairs. Legislators already effectively control DOT leadership through the nomination and election process, but if H.4417 is any guide, this is still considered an insufficient level of control. This bill also demonstrates how insufficient the […]

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Dedicating Aircraft Property Taxes to the State Aviation Fund

H.4577 would require that all revenue from aircraft property taxes paid by airline companies be credited to the State Aviation Fund. Under current law annual revenues from these taxes under $5 million are credited to the General Fund, revenues between $5 and $10 million are credited to the State Aviation Fund, and revenues in excess […]

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Insurance Premium Tax Revenues Must Continue to Be Sent to the Forestry Commission

H.4525 and S.973 are companion bills that extend the time period during which 2.25% of insurance premium tax revenue must be given to the South Carolina Forestry Commission from 2017 to 2022.

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Volunteer Chaplains count as Employees for Purposes of Worker’s Compensation

S.921 would expand the definition of state employees, as it relates to those eligible for worker’s compensation, to include volunteer chaplains “performing their duties as a chaplain for any municipal, county, or state law enforcement agency”. It’s unclear why volunteers should qualify for worker’s comp. Typically worker’s compensation benefits are for injuries sustained while performing […]

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Using a Projected Budget Surplus for Individual Flood Relief

H.4569, would require $326.5 million of the projected $1.2 billion surplus (which as The State’s Cindi Scoppe explains is actually closer to $560 million) be sent to the governor’s office, which would in turn use the money to make financial grants to families affected by the recent flooding. There are better uses for this funding more in line with […]

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Creating a Financial Assistance Program for Repairing Private Dams

H.4527 mandates that the General Assembly appropriate $25 million to DHEC for a revolving fund that provides financial assistance loans to owners of damaged private dams that have public access roads on them, or are on a body of water that allows public access. All loans must be repaid on an amortization schedule of 15 […]

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Disclosure for State Funded Non-Profits

H.4524, would require that before any nonprofit receive funds from a state agency, it must disclose: how it plans to use those state funds, a copy of its adopted annual budget, and its most recent operating financial statement. State funding of nonprofits for dubious purposes is an ongoing problem in South Carolina government. Any attempt to bring […]

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Creating the South Carolina Disaster Relief Fund

H.4506 creates the South Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used by the Emergency Management Division for a grant program to provide financial assistance to natural disaster victims. Taxpayers may contribute to the fund while filing their state income tax returns. Disaster relief is the role of the private sector, churches, and individuals, not […]

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