Half Time Ethics Report

It’s the beginning of April and lawmakers‘ two-week furlough is almost up, leaving us at roughly the half-way point of the 2013 legislative session. This was supposed to be the Year of Ethics Reform, but is it? Below is a “half-time report” detailing what’s been done already and what’s yet to be done. While some […]

Medicaid Expansion: Who pays?

WHY DO HOSPITALS WANT TO EXPAND MEDICAID? (HINT: IT’S NOT BECAUSE THEY’RE JUST NICE PEOPLE) Hospitals in South Carolina, both individually and under the auspices of the South Carolina Hospital Association, are pushing hard for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act popularly known as “Obamacare.” Just how expensive would this expansion […]

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Why Our Legislative Session Is Far Too Long

OR, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THESE GUYS STICK AROUND TOO LONG? We’re sometimes asked: Where’s the harm in the fact that South Carolina has a longer legislative session than most other states have? Sure, the per diem expenses will be a little higher, but will forcing legislators to wrap things up a little more quickly really […]

Too Much Time on Their Hands?

  SC LAWMAKERS SPEND MORE THAN HALF THE YEAR IN COLUMBIA. TIME TO ABBREVIATE. THE BACKGROUND South Carolina has one of the longest legislative sessions in the country. Legislators spend almost half the year in the capitol – that’s far more time than their counterparts in other states spend in their capitols. South Carolina has the […]

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.

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 […]