Ashley Landess WIS Interview

Landess Interview: 75% of New Road Work Goes to Members of SC Alliance to Fix our Roads

SCPC President Ashley Landess was interviewed for a report aired on Columbia television station WIS investigating how contractors who are members of the gas-tax lobbying group, SC Alliance to Fix our Roads, were recently awarded $20 million dollars of new road work contracts by the Department of Transportation (DOT). As Ashley stated, this is not […]

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Best and Worst of the General Assembly 2017

Best & Worst of the General Assembly 2017

SOUTH CAROLINA’S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF EVERY YEAR’S LEGISLATIVE SESSION Our guide to the 2017 legislative session – The Best and Worst of the General Assembly – has just been published. It’s the only publication of its kind in the state. We examine every major bill, explain what it would do in plain English, and assess it according to […]

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SC General Assembly

Bechtel Report Evidence of Government Failure

The House energy committee met today to discuss the contents of an audit of the failed nuclear construction project. This audit was conducted by Bechtel Corp., the largest engineering and construction company in the country, and it was released by Santee Cooper only after intense pressure from lawmakers and the governor. The report, commissioned at […]

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Santee Cooper: History, Crisis, and Accountability

When Santee Cooper partnered with SCANA to assume a 45% share in the assembly of two nuclear reactors, it borrowed billions of dollars to finance the project. Now that the project has been abandoned, Santee Cooper’s ratepayers will bear the burden of paying off the debt for a project that may never be completed. Santee […]

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Speaker Jay Lucas

Lawmakers Shift Blame at Energy Committee Meetings

Earlier this week the Senate V.C. Summer Nuclear Project Review Committee and the House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee met to discuss the failed nuclear reactor construction project. Both are special committees called by legislative leaders to investigate and address the energy crisis. Below are the primary takeaways from this week’s committee meetings. There is little […]

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Article V Convention of States

Article V Convention of States: Dangerous and Ineffectual

Several resolutions filed in this year’s legislative session call for an Article V convention of states to amend the US constitution. This issue will be featured in our annual publication Best and Worst of the General Assembly 2017, but also requires a more extensive analysis. South Carolina’s convention of states legislation is part of a […]

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SC Energy Nuclear Reactor Failure

SC Energy Crisis: Who is Accountable?

  The decision by Santee Cooper and SCANA  (the parent company of SCE&G) to abandon a multi-billion joint project to build two nuclear power facilities means that their customers were not only charged billions of dollars to build plants that won’t be finished, but will also have to pay billions more – for decades to […]

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Who Runs South Carolina State Government?

POLITICIANS YOU DIDN’T VOTE FOR. THAT’S WHO. From education to road funding, from the judicial system to your electric bill, the important decisions are made by state lawmakers who represent only their districts. Most South Carolinians don’t vote for them – or even know their names. So when your power bill goes up again, or […]

SC DOT Commission Gas Tax

How the DOT Commission Plans to Spend New Gas Tax Revenue

Last week the Department of Transportation (DOT) Commission and the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) met for the first time since the gas tax bill passed. Both meetings were focused on adjusting to new laws and planning for the way ahead. More to the point, they confirmed that there is a very real possibility that […]

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SC legislative ethics process

Lawmakers, Corruption, and Accountability

The process of investigating and prosecuting corruption in the legislature is confusing and complicated – at best. At worst, it is specifically designed to shield lawmakers from legal scrutiny and consequences for unethical behavior. Last year the General Assembly passed a law purporting to end lawmakers’ power to police their own ethics violations. It didn’t, […]

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