Cindi Ross Scoppe

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.

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.

Videos

Collin Drafts coming up to speed with A.C. Flora football program

Collin Drafts has been playing catch up since taking over at A.C. Flora last month. Spring football practice starts Monday.
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Collin Drafts coming up to speed with A.C. Flora football program 2:03

Collin Drafts coming up to speed with A.C. Flora football program

Bull Street developer talks about progress 0:58

Bull Street developer talks about progress

Coming next: Megafarm growing produce for Frito-Lay pumps billions from Edisto River 0:58

Coming next: Megafarm growing produce for Frito-Lay pumps billions from Edisto River

DNR investigator talks boating safety and investigative process after accidents 1:09

DNR investigator talks boating safety and investigative process after accidents