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VERBATIM

- "The Realtors are winning, and the citizens are losing."

Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington,

on property tax bill he said favors the wealthy over the less-well-off

- "Is there an ethics question there? I think maybe there is. When an entity to be audited says, 'No, we don't want to be,' maybe we need to look into that."

Rep. Dwight Loftis, R-Greenville, on effort to get Legislative Audit Council probe of Clemson University

OTHERS SAY

Editorials from elsewhere

ESC problems

Taken separately, any of the problems uncovered at the Employment Security Commission show an agency in trouble and in need of better leadership. Taken together, the problems are a scathing indictment of the ESC and its leadership model crafted by the state Legislature.

The agency answers to a three-person commission appointed by the Legislature, and all three commissioners are former legislators with slim credentials for the job....

The Legislature is rushing through some changes aimed at eliminating some abuses with unemployment claims, such as allowing workers dismissed for serious offenses to draw unemployment benefits....

This important state agency needs to be more accountable, more responsive and more reliable. It needs to be part of the governor's Cabinet so the lines of accountability are short and taxpayers know who to hold responsible.

The Greenville News

Voter IDs

We have always regarded the call for requiring photo IDs for voters as a solution in search of a problem. But at least the measure that received initial approval in the state Senate balanced the photo ID requirement with a provision allowing voters to cast ballots early.

The (Rock Hill) Herald

Coastal management

Efforts to protect South Carolina's coastal resources got a huge boost when the state Supreme Court upheld the way in which the state's Coastal Zone Management Plan was created and the state's authority to regulate freshwater wetlands.

The decision allows the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to continue to protect valuable wetlands left vulnerable by a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling....

The coastal management plan lays out why these wetlands should be protected. They provide critical habitat for wildlife and plant species, help prevent pollutants from reaching our waterways, prevent flooding and help recharge our aquifers.

The people of South Carolina, including developers, benefit from the protection of our valuable natural resources. This decision helps do that.

The Beaufort Gazette

Property taxes

Limiting the point-of-sale provision on second homes and commercial property would be another grab from the average homeowner to reward wealthier people.

Schools and municipalities can't afford this change, and middle-class homeowners shouldn't have to pay for it.

Every tweak to Act 388 makes an ill-advised and unworkable tax system worse. Lawmakers need to scrap it and start over.

The (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

- "It isn't important to come out on top. What matters is to be the one who comes out alive."

Bertolt Brecht

- "Sweet are the uses of adversity."

William Shakespeare

INSPIRATION

- "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

1 Corinthians 9:24

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