What is a fee? The multimillion-dollar question

When the state Supreme Court declared Greenville County’s annual road maintenance fee invalid last year, it triggered a wave of lawsuits challenging similar charges in other municipalities and counties. Instead of letting those cases play out, lawmakers are pushing a bill to retroactively change the definition of fee, which would effectively crush the lawsuits and …

These eight reforms can reshape South Carolina

In our latest video, we go in-depth on our recently published report, Eight reforms to take your power back, to explain how changes like reforming our judicial selection process, shortening the legislative session, and even posting public records online can go a long way to address major state government issues and empower citizens to hold public officials …

State lawmakers are gearing up for a new road funding bill.

During a special committee held last week, lawmakers made the bold claim that SC’s method of funding transportation will soon need to change as fuel-efficient/electric vehicles become more widely adopted. But recent data shows that electric vehicles make up far less than 1% of registered cars on state roads, suggesting this “issue” is not quite …

House speaker admits SC shouldn’t be in the power business.

During Tuesday’s Santee Cooper conference committee, S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas admitted that government should get out of the power generation business. He also worried that, even with the proposed reforms to Santee Cooper, we could be back in this same situation in the future. Do these remarks inspire confidence that lawmakers’ changes will improve …