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Our Unlawful State Budget

Friends of South Carolina! Last year we had the largest budget in state history. This year, judging by the Governor’s recommendations, we will again have the largest budget in state history… by a BILLION dollars more than last year’s record breaking budget. It’s time to get our state budget under control! Does it surprise you […]

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Financial Coercion

How the federal government decides who receives unemployment benefits Last month, we highlighted various ways in which South Carolina finds itself using state tax dollars for federal priorities. Usually what happens is this: The federal government promises the state money on the condition that the state pay a sizeable proportion of the costs, and state […]

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Who is pulling the strings?

More than a third of our budget depends on a source that’s headed for financial ruin. The federal government is now $14 trillion in debt and running a $1.3 trillion deficit. That’s bad news for South Carolina. In 2011, South Carolina lawmakers passed a budget that was 39 percent federal money. South Carolina raked in […]

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Our Not-So-Conservative Budget

by Senator Tom Davis, used by permission. Originally published in The Sun News. You know it is early summer in the Palmetto State when our politicians start bragging about how conservative they’ve been with your tax dollars. You know the drill: The South Carolina General Assembly passes a budget larger than the previous year’s and […]

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Harrell and Leatherman are going down!

I love this Jamie Walton cartoon!  The voters will certainly take them down.  At $22 billion dollars, Senator Hugh Leatherman and Speaker Bobby Harrell orchestrated the largest spending budget in our state’s history. With unemployment sky high, Leatherman had the audacity to kill an amendment to the state budget that would have returned excess collections […]

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Landess: Low spending, low taxes? Don’t be fooled

By ASHLEY LANDESS Legislative leaders are busy spinning their new budget as “fiscally conservative.” Taxpayers shouldn’t be fooled. What’s really true? At around $22 billion, this year’s budget is the largest in state history. Spending grew by almost $1 billion. Lawmakers funded much of state government with hidden taxes through fees. More than a third […]

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Tell your Representative to sustain budget vetoes

Beggars can’t be choosers. And it seems the state is slowly turning us all into beggars by spending all the voter’s hard earned money. At $22 billion, the General Assembly passed the largest budget in state history.  That’s a $1 billion in new increased spending. Even after Haley vetoed $213 million it is still the […]

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