Midlands Solicitor Dan Johnson repaid the government for travel to the Galapagos Islands and other destinations, but the audit by his hand-picked accountant suggests the travel, other excessive expenditures broke SC law.
SCANA and Santee Cooper didn’t waste $9 billion on now-abandoned nuclear reactors on a whim, or on their own. The Legislature encouraged them every step of the way. Here are key dates in a 14-year journey that is ongoing.
Tri-County electric cooperative members should kick out the board at Saturday’s special meeting. Board members took advantage of their neighbors by calling extra meetings so they could collect $450 for each one.
The SC race for governor needs to be about improving education, ethics, accountability and the economy in South Carolina, not about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or any federal issue, over which governors have no control.
SC governors will be able to appoint future superintendents of education, but only if voters agree in a November referendum to change the constitution, which requires the public election of the state’s top education official.
The scandal over Tri-County’s self-serving board of trustees showed that SC electric cooperatives should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act - and possibly regulated by the Public Service Commission.
A federal judge refused to block a temporary cut to SC customers’ monthly SCE&G power bills. But the big fight is over what the utility, and Dominion Energy if the merger goes through, can charge for the next 20 years.
USC is fighting rising student debt by pushing students to graduate in four years or less, instead of the standard six years, President Harris Pastides says. That reduces the impact of annual tuition increases.
SC cops fired for misconduct can no longer go to work for another law enforcement department under a new state law. The law also makes it easier for police officers to clear their names when they’re wrongly accused.
The SC Education Lottery promised to provide riches for public schools and colleges, but the Legislature repeatedly ignores the law that requires the funds to supplement taxes, shortchanging education $2.5 billion.
One year after SCE&G parent SCE&G abandoned construction of two nuclear reactors, SC power bills are still inflated by $37 million a month, and it’s up to the PSC and the courts to decide how much they come down.
SCANA faces at least 15 lawsuits over SCE&G’s decision one year ago to abandon construction of nuclear reactors at the VC Summer plant in South Carolina and keep charging ratepayers on their monthly power bills.
Richland County Council members who voted to pay administrator Gerald Seals $1 million were afraid he’d sue them for defamation. But SC case law says they have ‘absolute legislative immunity’ and can’t be sued.
In the final five days of session, the SC Legislature reformed the abused ‘disorderly conduct’ law, ordered the DMV to start requiring vision tests again, created a new state agency and passed 84 more new laws.
The candidates for SC governor, Republican Gov Henry McMaster and Democratic Rep James Smith, are honest and honorable men. I would be comfortable voting for either one. It’s the first time I’ve felt that way.
SC Gov Henry McMaster vetoed a bill extending tax breaks for revitalizing abandoned buildings after the Legislature attached unrelated tax give-aways, saying it violated the state constitution’s single-subject rule.
SCE&G power bills will drop under the law the SC Legislature passed. But that’s just one problem from the VC Summer nuclear disaster. Lawmakers also need to reform the PSC and Santee Cooper and themselves.
Tax-free online shopping was most unfair sales tax exemption in South Carolina and one of the biggest threats to the stability of our tax system, but the Legislature did nothing to reduce its impact. The US Supreme Court just fixed that.