How A Tobacco Tax Increase Would Negatively Impact South Carolina

Another Year, Another Tax Hike Proposal: How A Tobacco Tax Increase Would Negatively Impact South Carolina Tax and spend advocates have long argued that South Carolina needs to increase its sales tax on tobacco. For years their rationale was that South Carolina needed the extra tax revenue to provide a quick fix solution to the …

Managed Care Provides Quality, Affordable Health Care

Authors: SCPC and Ashlee Landess For the past two years, pro-tax legislators in the General Assembly have talked about raising taxes to cover the extraordinary growth in Medicaid. Such measures have not succeeded, in large part because many lawmakers, including those in the House and Senate leadership, recognize the need to reform the system to …

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 …

South Carolinas Dilemma: Increase Taxes or Reform Medicaid?

South Carolina is facing a serious crisis in providing funding for healthcare services to low-income persons through its Medicaid program. Clearly policymakers are faced with a critical dilemma either increase taxes to cover the funding shortfall for this program or actually sit down and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire Medicaid system. Yet even before …