Cindi Ross Scoppe has been The State’s opinion writer for 20 years, providing a pragmatic approach to SC state government; she was a reporter for 10 years before that. Her last day is Aug 31. Today she says good-bye.
South Carolina must do a better job educating poor children, and the Legislature needs to give power to the governor, free city and county councils to run their communities and overhaul a special-interest driven tax system
The SC Legislature may be able to ignore the laws it writes, thanks to a 1905 US Supreme Court ruling that says one legislature can’t bind another. That means lawmakers don’t necessarily have to repeal the Heritage Act, among other things.
My column about how the SC Legislature broke its lottery promise raised two questions: Where did that $2.5 billion go instead of to education, and which legislators voted to let this happen. Here are the answers.
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.
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.
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.