Friday Folly: Internet Café or School Bus?

BECAUSE SCHOOL KIDS NEED TO LOOK AT SCREENS MORE? Perhaps there is some justification for legislation – S.33 – that would mandate the installation of wireless Internet access in all K-12 schools in South Carolina. Whether or not this is something that state government should mandate or pay for is, of course, an open question. […]

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More ‘Official’ Time-Wasters

WHY MUST THE STATE DECIDE THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO DRAW A TREE? South Carolina faces many problems. The fact that graphic designs of palmetto trees aren’t standardized is not one of them. Nonetheless, H.4201 – co-sponsored by Reps. Martin, Pope, Delleney, and Huggins – addresses this non-problem. The bill would task the director of […]

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Friday Follies: Seatbelts in School Buses

WHY? JUST . . . WHY? Perhaps one of the most arrogant things that any legislature can do is to adopt the idea that every single part of life must be controlled by law.  There have been many examples of this throughout the current legislative session, but one of note is H.3945. 3945 would require […]

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Friday Follies: Favors for ‘Motorsports Tourism’

WHAT MAKES STOCK CAR RACING SO SPECIAL? Many cities across the country have what could be called a “stadium problem.” This problem occurs when a sports team – usually, but not always an NFL team – issues an ultimatum. Unless the franchise is given some form of preferential tax treatment, or the city issues new […]

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Friday Follies: Mobile Barbershop Licensing

Friday Follies: Mobile Barbershop Licensing

Being able to earn a living is one of our most fundamental rights as human beings. The other rights that we possess matter little when our ability to simply earn a living is in question. Many of South Carolina’s licensing regimes, however, actually threaten South Carolinians’ ability to earn an honest living by subjecting them […]

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Friday Follies: A Tax Credit for Fixing Your Car

WHEN IT COMES TO TAXES, LAWMAKERS ALWAYS PREFER TO COMPLICATE THINGS Maintenance of one’s property – whether a house, a boat, or an electric guitar – is the responsibility of the owner. Everybody, we suspect, would agree to that. And yet there is S.566. S.566 would allow a taxpayer with a vehicle registered in South […]

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Friday Follies: Licensing Sign Language Interpreters

WE CAN’T HAVE UNLICENSED INTERPRETERS OUT THERE! You probably didn’t know this, but South Carolina apparently has a problem with unlicensed sign language interpreters. That’s right – using sign language to interpret audible messages without a license. Fortunately, Sen. Katrina Shealy has introduced S. 548 to combat this problem. This bill would license, regulate, and […]

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Friday Follies: No Continuing Ed after 30 Years

IS THIS A FAVOR, OR JUST A FOLLY? S.248 is an exceedingly short and clear bill. It contains only three lines. The bill would allow anyone who’s held a state-issued professional license for 30 years or more to forego any further continuing education. The important question here is this: What’s the reason? The legislature has […]

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Friday Follies: The Diaper Tax Credit

A CREDIT FOR ONE COMPANY WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE HONEST South Carolina has an exemption problem. The number of exemptions to the sales tax enshrined in law is staggering. As a result, the state routinely exempts more money in sales tax than it takes in. This is a direct result of the influence of concerned […]

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Friday Follies: Incandescent Bulbs, Made in S.C.

It’s understandable that many South Carolinians want to push back at the federal government’s regulatory overreach. It’s understandable, too, that their Statehouse politicians want to respond to that desire. But S.186 is a fine example of a badly chosen fight.

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