Cindi Ross Scoppe

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Should we subsidize pensions for 11 lobbying groups?

The SC House wants taxpayers to pay for the SC Education Association’s extra cost for its employees’ pensions next year. And the State Employees’ Association’s, and the Municipal Association’s, and the other eight wholly private organizations that participate in the SC Retirement System.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Whose water is it, anyway?

Let’s just focus on how the mega-farms are draining South Carolina’s rivers, how they’re causing precipitous drops in groundwater levels, how the neighbors’ wells are running dry. You can debate whether being a bad neighbor is the state’s business, but the water we all have to share clearly is the state’s business.

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?

Videos

Ret. Gen. Steve Siegfried to veterans on Memorial Day: "You won your war!"

Many veterans and civilians in the Midlands spent part of their day visiting the South Carolina Memorial Park in Columbia. A ceremony was held there and Ret. Gen. Steve Siegfried was the speaker. Siegfried was a former commanding general at Fort Jackson.
Tim Dominick tdominick@thestate.com
Ret. Gen. Steve Siegfried to veterans on Memorial Day: 2:01

Ret. Gen. Steve Siegfried to veterans on Memorial Day: "You won your war!"

Seth Beer: 'We want to prove people wrong' 1:31

Seth Beer: 'We want to prove people wrong'

Monte Lee not surprised Clemson is hosting regional 2:15

Monte Lee not surprised Clemson is hosting regional

Tree falls on charity home established by TV personality Leeza Gibbons 0:58

Tree falls on charity home established by TV personality Leeza Gibbons