Taxpayers Lose in Government-Funded Lobbying Game

When taxpayers were promised the $800 billion federal stimulus package was going to create jobs, few realized this meant more government jobs. Some government jobs – police officers and teachers, for instance – are defensible; others not so much. Take, lobbyists. During the past few weeks, several localities across the state have announced plans to hire lobbyists to petition the state and federal government for more money. Everyone, it seems, wants their fair share – but it’s a share of an ever shrinking pot, made smaller by squandering tax dollars on wasteful activities like taxpayer-funded lobbying.

Fast Facts About the Budget & Control Board

South Carolina’s Budget & Control Board (BCB) is a unique state agency, the only one of its kind in the country. While the Board itself is technically made up of five elected officials, the BCB is also a state agency that exercises centralized control over many of the administrative and personnel functions of separate state agencies. The Board also provides budgetary analysis through its Board of Economic Advisors division.

Tech Schools Board Shells Out $200K for “Lobbying”

To entice legislators to send more money its way, the S.C. State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education will pay a Columbia advertising agency up to $200,000 to design a seal and compile statistics about the state technical school system. The tech board, which operates the S.C. Technical College System, enlisted ad firm Chernoff Newman […]

What is Network Neutrality?

Authors: SCPC and Neil Mellen Proponents of network neutrality want the government to regulate internet access through statutory limitations on service providers. In their effort to ensure freedom of content they seek to limit the rights of access providers. Internet service providers should not be forced into freely carrying all content. The content producers are […]