Opinion Columns & Blogs

Cindi Ross Scoppe

The worrisome thing about the Quinn stable of clients

Richard Quinn, the political consultant at the center of a SC Grand Jury investigation into political corruption, has a huge stable of elected officials as clients -- and a huge stable of businesses and governmental entities that want things from those elected officials. It’s the perfect set-up for corruption -- and it could all be legal.

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.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

A peek is nice; a full review would be better

GOV. HENRY McMaster clearly hoped that letting reporters peek at his income tax returns would deflect questions about his relationship with campaign consultant Richard Quinn. And there was something comforting about what wasn’t in the returns. But the availability fell short of meaningful transparency.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

What indicted SC Sen John Courson needs to do now

Sen John Courson’s indictment last week on charging of using campaign funds for personal expenses was shocking not just because he is a man of such high integrity. He’s also been one of our state’s leading ethics reform advocates - and was one of the earliest advocates of making it a crime to convert campaign money to personal use.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Yes, your gas taxes do go to pay for SC roads

Opponents of a gas tax increase -- and even some supporters -- want to stop using gas taxes to pay for what they consider non-road expenditures. The problem is that the money has to come from somewhere else. And nearly all of those expenditures really are road-related.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

What a difference an amendment can make

I DON’T KNOW that removing legislators’ secret veto power over the governor’s appointments to the state Transportation Commission gets us any closer to the “last resort” that Henry McMaster has set as the standard for raising the gas tax. But it ought to make the House’s road-improvement bill more attractive to the new governor.

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Benedict's Dr. David H. Swinton Retirement Celebration

Dr. David H. Swinton speaks during his retirement celebration after 23 years as the president of HBCU Benedict College.
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