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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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The Columbia two step

The tap dancing has begun! The Palmetto Liberty Score Cards have only been out for a few days and already legislators are trying to “explain” their bad votes. Not unexpected, right? So, I have to tell you about Senator Knotts’ “explanation” about his vote for  the retroactive tax incentive, S533, because I am sure your […]

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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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