Bridging the divide: A balanced approach to short-term rental regulation

The annual college football game between South Carolina and Georgia kicks off in Columbia this weekend, and local short-term renters couldn’t be happier. A recent search of Airbnb listings in Columbia indicated that far more homes were booked ahead for gameday weekend than the weekend prior (when the UofSC football team was out of town), …

Poll: Expanded healthcare choices key for SC voters

Palmetto State voters want expanded healthcare options through increased choice and competition, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of the South Carolina Policy Council. Specifically, voters are in favor of ending the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) requirement for hospitals and healthcare facilities. They also strongly support giving nurse practitioners more autonomy, allowing …

South Carolina education system

Poll: South Carolinians want more access, choice in public education

Voters in South Carolina want bold action to increase access and choice in public education, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of the South Carolina Policy Council. The survey results indicate that voters are concerned about their public schools and believe in policies that expand school choice to address those concerns. The results continue …

Poll: SC voters not sold on constitutional amendments – yet

Two proposed constitutional amendments that would increase the state’s reserve “rainy-day” accounts to help South Carolina government manage budget shortfalls have yet to gain popular support, and more voter education is needed to ensure passage, according to a new South Carolina Policy Council voter survey. South Carolina voters will decide on two constitutional amendments this …

Student loan forgiveness the wrong policy for nation, South Carolina

President Joe Biden recently announced his long-rumored student loan forgiveness plan, a policy that will further burden South Carolina taxpayers and do nothing to address the fundamental problems behind rising college tuition. Under the plan, single individuals making less than $125,000 qualify for $10,000 in federal student loan forgiveness, while Pell Grant recipients (based on …

Poll: South Carolina Democrats, African American voters leaving Biden

A focus on the wrong issues has left Biden’s most loyal supporters dropping him College loan forgiveness is the wrong policy for nation, South Carolina President Biden continues to lose support in South Carolina as only 34% of state voters say they approve of his job performance. That’s according to a new poll by Morning Consult conducted …

Sustainable budgeting: a new path for South Carolina

By Bryce Fiedler and Vance Ginn, Ph.D. With its vibrant cities, relatively cheap cost of living, and thriving industries like manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality, it’s obvious why South Carolina is one of the fastest growing states in the nation. To keep its competitive edge and protect the interests of taxpayers, it is imperative that state …

South Carolina State House Happenings

Transparency check-in: streaming at the Statehouse

To encourage more transparency in state government, SCPC has been examining how frequently legislative committee meetings are livestreamed to the public. These committees have the important job of reviewing and approving bills before they reach the House and Senate floor, and committee members will often propose changes in the process. We contend that streaming during …

SCPC Voter Poll Release (May 31 – Jun 3, 2022)

. . Inflation, gas prices are top concerns for SC voters as lawmakers return to Columbia for special session Inflation and gas prices are among the most pressing concerns for South Carolina voters. Voters also feel positive towards legislative reform efforts focused on taxes, education, elections and transparency.    82% of likely S.C. 2022 general election …

Inflation in SC shows need for bold tax cuts

Record breaking prices are making everyday life harder for Americans, especially for some in South Carolina. Indeed, by some measurements, the Palmetto State (and the South generally) is experiencing higher inflation than the rest of the country.   The big picture  In the South, overall prices have jumped by 8.8% in the last year (Apr 2021 …