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Cindi Ross Scoppe

How SC government is like the 12 Days of Christmas

The SC state budget funds about 110 separate entities; some counts put the number higher, some lower, but no matter how you look at it, it’s too high to be effectively managed and coordinated, particularly since most of the entities are run by part-time boards. And now the Legislature is poised to create another one.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Biggest legislative accomplishment in 2017? Not the gas tax

THE YEAR the Republican Legislature raises the state’s gas tax for the first time in three decades will be remembered as one thing and one thing only: the year the Republican Legislature raised the state’s gas tax for the first time in three decades. But that was not the most significant thing about this legislative session. At least not by itself. Or in those terms.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

The Legislature’s gift to the liquor industry

I was in the SC Senate the day senators passed their plan to save local liquor stores from Total Wine and other big-boxes: charge a ‘supplemental fee’ equal to 100 percent of a company’s proceeds from one of its three existing stores if it opens a fourth. My gracious, I thought: I had no idea so many senators were held so tightly in the clutches of the liquor industry.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Senate roads bill not nearly as bad as it looks

The SC Senate’s roads bill includes the most important of three needed reforms at the Transportation Department, steals less money from the general fund than it appears to, likely nets more money for roads than the House bill, includes a smart change to the gas tax and gives drivers the chance to make it revenue-neutral.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Stop coronating candidates; let voters elect them instead

In order to be elected, your name has to be on the ballot, and someone has to vote for you. That’s how it works everywhere in our state, except in towns and cities. Under an almost-certainly unconstitutional state law that has been on the books since 2003, municipal elections must be called off and the one candidate declared elected when only one person files for a council seat.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Forgive? Certainly. Forget? Not so fast

SHOULD THE STATE of South Carolina tell employers they can’t consider certain types of information when deciding who to hire? Should the state rewrite history, erasing certain parts that it deems inappropriate for people to know about? And if so, how many bits of information, and which ones, should it forbid businesses from considering and possibly even obliterate?

Cindi Ross Scoppe

A way to break through the gas-tax gridlock?

The SC Senate could pass a highway gas tax bill, with no hope of getting enough votes to override a veto from Gov Henry McMaster. Or it could pass a bill that raises the gas tax while cutting income taxes, which would need only a majority vote, but would also need the House to change its position. Could there be a third option?

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Why we missed our big Tax Freedom Day celebration

In South Carolina, we earn enough money to pay all our local, state and federal taxes sooner than residents in all but seven states, according to the anti-tax Tax Foundation. That’s not because we earn so much money; it’s because our taxes are relatively low. Since Tax Freedom Day coincides with the legislative battle over whether to raise one of our lowest taxes and lower one of our lowish taxes, it seemed like a good time to take a look at some of those objective realities.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

The governor’s fourth pig

SC Gov Henry McMaster’s proposal to borrow $1 billion to fix our roads steals money from schools, colleges, Medicaid, law enforcement, prisons, dam inspections, child protection and everything else.

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