Local Government Spending: South Carolina’s Impending Fiscal Crisis

For three decades, South Carolina state and local government spending has grown faster than revenues. Annual government growth has also outpaced the per capita income growth. Three times state lawmakers have responded with swaps and reforms to the tax system. Despite the relief, the counties, cities and school districts have engaged in a perpetual increase …

Growth is Self-Financing

A recent study documented the fiscal impact of six new residential subdivisions across the state of South Carolina. After years of local governments complaining about the cost of growth these findings illustrate how the positive economic effects of such developments far exceed the short term costs incurred by their creation. The case studies in Berkeley, …

South Carolina Spending Cuts Good for Economy

Written by: Ashley Landess A liberal think-tank in Iowa made headlines when it chastised that states leaders for cutting spending and not raising taxes at the levels other states did. The author of the report is quoted as saying Iowa was clearly out of the mainstream of how states responded to the fiscal crisis. It …

Golf Industry Victim of Unconstitutional Practices

As a member of the Competitiveness Council member, I sit on the task force that is looking at one of our states leading industries, tourism. Tourism is the second largest producer of jobs in our state it employs about six percent of the work force. One of our challenges is not only to attract more …