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Analysis: SC’s contentious healthcare restructuring bill

If you have seen our weekly updates, read the local paper, or spent time on social media, you have probably heard about a contentious bill that would consolidate numerous health departments under a single executive agency. The measure (S.915) is the second phase of a two-part restructuring effort that began...

  • Analysis: SC’s contentious healthcare restructuring bill

    If you have seen our weekly updates, read the local paper, or spent time on social media, you have probably heard about a contentious bill that would consolidate numerous health departments under a single executive agency. The measure (S.915) is the second phase of a two-part restructuring effort that began...
  • What to know about SC's looming special session

    Longtime observers of our state Legislature know that special sessions are common in South Carolina. Typically, they involve finalizing the state budget and pushing conference bills across the finish line. However, after the surprise defeat of a contentious healthcare restructuring measure and with state leaders pushing for its revival, legislative...
  • SCPC, partners win Heritage Innovation Prize for joint education project

    A project led by the S.C. Policy Council and partner think tanks that serves student-focused school board members received a prestigious honor this week. Our initiative – the Carolinas Academic Leadership Network (CALN) – was awarded the Heritage Foundation Innovation Prize on Monday before a packed house of conservative leaders in...
  • 2024 session review: Making headway on much-needed reforms

    As we close out the second half of the 2023-24 regular session, South Carolina is pressing forward with changes to advance liberty, provide tax relief, and increase government transparency, among other improvements. Several of these measures are now signed into law, while others are just shy of the finish line.  ...
  • SCPC, SCPIF respond to Commerce’s spin on Scout ethics complaint

    MEDIA RELEASE May 16, 2024 The following is a joint statement issued by the South Carolina Policy Council and South Carolina Public Interest Foundation in response to a recent opinion column submitted by S.C. Commerce Secretary Harry Lightsey to at least two news outlets in the state:
  • Statehouse Update May 7-9

    Update 5/10/24: Adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. This marks the final week South Carolina’s regular legislative session. With the exception of matters allowed by this year’s sine die resolution, such as the budget or legislation sent to conference committee, bills that...
  • Getting the most tax relief out of the FY25 budget

    Update 5/8/24: The House on Wednesday passed an amended FY25 budget that, among other changes, reduced the funding appropriated for property tax credits from $500 million to $150 million. If funded at this level, we estimate the average tax credit would amount to roughly $108 (down from $359). SCPC recommends delivering...
  • Statehouse Update Apr 30-May 2

    Update 5/2/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. It is the second to last week of South Carolina’s regular legislative session. The big topic ahead is judicial reform, as a bill offering numerous improvements to our state’s judicial selection process is in...
  • Poll: SCPC readers strongly favor tax and judicial reforms, expanding school choice

    Major policy reforms sit at critical junctures in the S.C. Statehouse. With less than two weeks left in the regular 2023-24 legislative session, we found that many have the strong support of South Carolinians hoping to see them cross the finish line.  The data comes from an internal survey of...
  • Release: SC Policy Council, SC Public Interest Foundation file ethics complaint against Scout Motors

    MEDIA RELEASE April 29, 2024 The South Carolina Policy Council and South Carolina Public Interest Foundation have jointly requested that the S.C. State Ethics Commission investigate whether Scout Motors Inc. violated state ethics law in connection with the nearly $1.3 billion state appropriation last year for the company’s assembly plant...