Vote411.org provides a list of the candidates you’ll have the option of voting for in South Carolina’s June 12 primaries, and where they stand on issues - if they responded to questions from the SC League of Women Voters. Too few have.
The best way to stop SCE&G from collecting the nuclear surcharge on power bills is for the SC Legislature to give the PSC more time to rule on the utility’s request, and empower ORS to subpoena documents from SCANA, Westinghouse, Bechtel.
Richland County Council’s decision Monday to pay a $1 million settlement to fired and then suspended County Administrator Gerald Seals over lawsuits he hasn’t even filed is just the latest display of incompetence and bad judgment.
Raising SC teacher pay is easiest way to fight the shortage that is leaving students without permanent teachers in the classroom. Giving teachers more respect, support and autonomy also would help, but that’s tougher to do.
The SC House voted to boost solar energy, make it harder for SCE&G to charge us for the abandoned nuclear reactors, shut down sanctuary cities, defund abortion providers, bring back double-dippling. All in one day. In the state budget bill.
The SC Legislature ended its regular session without cleaning up the mess after SCE&G and Santee Cooper abandoned their nuclear construction project. Also no room to brag on education, taxes, ethics, but progress on a century-old problem.
SC governors could appoint the superintendent of education thanks to Thursday’s surprise vote in the Senate just minutes before the 2018 session of the Legislature ended. Voters will decide in November on amending the constitution.
SC voters will decide in November whether to let governors appoint the superintendent of education after the Senate approved a change reformers have supported for decades. It was the final action before the legislative session ended Thursday.
Better pay for SC teachers, to fight the teacher shortage, is the first priority of a lobbying effort by SC mainstream Christians through the SC Bishops Initiative of Lutheran, Methodist, CME, Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches.
The Trump tax cuts mean many South Carolinians will pay more in state income taxes or pay their accountants more to prepare tax returns. If lawmakers conform SC taxes to federal taxes, they must agree how to prevent overall increases.
SC legislators don’t get paid much, and they don’t get many government perks. But they do get to buy state health insurance, even after they retire or are voted out of office. Also after they retire, they get an incredible pension.
South Carolina’s disturbing schools law that lets police arrest students who talk back to teachers or otherwise ‘act in an obnoxious manner’ could be repealed. A House committee votes Tuesday on a bill to limit the law to adults.
Eliminating SCE&G’s nuclear surcharge is not the biggest change the SC Legislature needs to make after SCANA and Santee Cooper abandoned the $9 billion VC Summer nuclear construction project. We must reform the system that enabled the mess.
The SC Legislature controls all power. Its funding decisions contribute to prison riots and teacher shortages. Its laws and restrictions on the governor’s powers led to the high power rates and VC Summer nuclear construction failure.
SC law requires that cities, counties, public schools and colleges receive $600 million more than the House and Senate budgets allocate. The Legislature has suspended the requirements for years. A Senate vote spells out those shortfalls.
South Carolina isn’t choosing between Dominion Energy purchasing SCANA and SCE&G’s parent going bankrupt. It’s between eliminating ratepayers’ nuclear surcharge to cut their power bills and continuing to pay dividends to stockholders.
Here is a complete list of the candidates who filed to run in 2018 for Richland and Lexington county councils and probate judge and 5th Circuit solicitor. The Republican and Democratic primaries are June 12.
Here is a complete list of the candidates who filed to run in 2018 for SC governor, attorney general, education superintendent, comptroller general, treasurer, secretary of state and agriculture commissioner.
Even if Santee Cooper power bills go up 14%, as critics project, that’s still less than SCE&G’s 27% nuclear surcharge. It casts questions on the need to sell the SC-government-owned utility, and shows the cost of a for-profit utility.