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Cindi Ross Scoppe

SCE&G law could cost you more than you imagine

The SC Base Load Review Act did not give SCE&G the ability to charge ratepayers for nuclear reactors during construction; it already could do that. The law did not give utilities the ability to charge us for their other costs after they abandon a project; they could already do that. The law made it all much easier.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Here’s who voted to give SCE&G a blank check

Six SC legislators voted against the 2007 Base Load Review Act that made it immeasurably easier for SCE&G to raise our rates and then leave us holding the bag for two abandoned nuclear reactors. Some legislators didn’t vote. Here’s what we know about who did vote for it, and who supported it in other ways.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Where do we go from here on SC mega-farms?

The SC Supreme Court did not say mega-farms are good for South Carolina or that it’s a good idea to give them dibs on our water or that our law is adequate to protect our water from overuse without court intervention. What it did say returns the fight over water rights to the forum where it belongs.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Why the double standard for police?

Every day, people get fired for not showing up for work, or goofing off on the job, or making mistakes that cost the company money, or doing something that makes their employer look bad. Some people also get fired for committing crimes, but the things that get most people fired are not against the law. They’re just things that make an employer say, ‘I don’t want this person working for me anymore.’

Cindi Ross Scoppe

These aren’t wealthy-school problems

In some SC school districts, state-mandated technology upgrades can’t be completed without threatening the building’s collapse, bus drivers routinely take a break mid-route to take 4-year-olds to the bathroom, and teachers know they can’t be fired because the district can’t find any replacements.

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Schools in Denmark-Olar are old and inadequate, a problem in many rural districts

More than 20 years after poor, rural schools sued the state for more support, little has been done to ensure that children in different zip codes have access to the same quality education. As the economy has recovered, legislators have given all K-12 scho
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