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 constituiton’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.
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.
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.
SCE&G sued the SC PSC because it says the Legislature was unfairly picking on the utility and parent SCANA when it cut power bills to eliminate most of the surcharge for the nuclear reactor construction project it abandoned last year.
The SC Legislature cut SCE&G’s nuclear surcharge because lawmakers didn’t trust the Public Service Commission to do it. The PSC’s decision to let Carolina Water charge customers for attorney fees to defend its pollution helps show why.
The 15% rate cut for SCE&G customers is temporary. The SC Legislature also changed the Base Load Review Act in ways it hopes will cause the PSC to make permanent cuts to the nuclear surcharge that the courts will find constitutional.
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.
SCE&G power bills could be cut by the courts even if the SC Legislature doesn’t kill the nuclear surcharge when it returns to Columbia Wednesday to consider repealing the Base Load Review Act and ordering refunds for the abandoned reactors.
SC Gov Henry McMaster vetoed a bill to expunge more criminal records, saying ‘criminal history should not be erased.’ The Legislature, urged on by the powerful SC Chamber of Commerce, could try to override the veto at its June 27 session.
A tiny minority of voters will decide the June 26 SC Republican primary runoff election between Gov Henry McMaster and John Warren. We need a primary system that encourages more people to vote, so we’ll have candidates more voters like.
SC Gov Henry McMaster has the personality and comedic delivery that that opponent John Warren lacks in the Republican runoff for governor. Not that either should matter. He also has what does matter, experience and understanding of the job.
I escaped the seething rage (on all sides) that accompanies President Donald Trump when I spent a week with adolescents on our parish’s annual mission work trip to Appalachia. We would all be blessed to accept such a gift from God.
SCE&G spent billions of dollars in a now-abandoned attempt to build nuclear reactors because the Legislature passed a likely unconstitutional law rewarding the utility for overspending. The attorney general should warn lawmakers about such problems.
SC Gov Henry McMaster and Rep James Smith are honest, trustworthy men of integrity who have proved themselves by their very visible actions in elected office. Their opponents in Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic primaries can’t say that.
If the usual two-thirds of SC registered voters sit out the June 12 Republican and Democratic primaries, the candidates in the November general election will be picked by extremists: the most partisan, ideological and angry.
Voters in the June 12 SC Republican primary will be asked if they should be allowed to register by party. The non-binding referendum is essentially political polling, funded by the public. The GOP goal is closed primaries.
Catherine Templeton, the SC Republican candidate for governor, has made repeated claims about guns and taxes, herself and Gov Henry McMaster, that are not true. It raises character questions and makes it hard to believe anything she says.
Wednesday’s SC Republican gubernatorial debate provided some insight but little direction for voters looking to choose among Gov Henry McMaster, Lt Gov Kevin Bryant, former Lt Gov Yancey McGill, Katherine Templeton and John Warren.