Latest Updates

  • Fast facts: Why SC needs speedy tax relief

    With the passage of South Carolina’s FY23-24 budget – which grows state government considerably and totals $41 billion in combined funds and $13.7 billion in state funds – it's time for a serious discussion on spending, tax reform, and keeping our state on the right track. 
  • Here's what’s in SC’s next budget (and how it can be better)

    Update 6.23.23: The conference committee's budget document on the Statehouse website appears underrepresent the total "other funds" budget figure. Using figures from the state Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, the overall budget is approximately $41 billion.  After weeks of negotiations among House and Senate leaders, the General Assembly on Wednesday passed a...
  • Statehouse Update June 7-9

    Despite the regular session ending last month, legislative business has carried on into the summer as the budget, outstanding bills, and vetoes from the governor draw lawmakers back to Columbia. Here are this week's major highlights.  
  • Statehouse Update May 23-25

    South Carolina continued its extended legislative session this week, with lawmakers passing a bill to ban abortion around the six-week mark, with certain exceptions. However, the Legislature still hasn’t passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, meaning it will need to return yet again to Columbia in the coming...
  • Cleaning up Columbia: How to fix South Carolina's broken campaign finance and ethics system

    Read the print digital version HERE. By Dallas Woodhouse and Bryce Fiedler When it comes to campaign donations, government ethics and pay-to-play politics, South Carolina has a shockingly corrupt and unaccountable system. Citizens can’t find out who is giving political money and why. Donations of all kinds are secret. Campaign...
  • Statehouse Update May 16-18

    Despite the regular legislative session having concluded last week, the General Assembly failed to pass the a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. In addition, the General Assembly did not pass a sine die resolution, which normally governs when the Legislature can return and what issues it can take...
  • 2023 session review: SCPC helps achieve major policy victories

    South Carolina is in a much stronger position than it was just a few months ago, thanks to key policy victories supported by SCPC’s research. With the regular legislative session now finished, it’s a great time to look back on some of these achievements. Each are part of the reforms...
  • Statehouse Update May 9-11

    Update 5/12/23: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. It may be the final week of the regular legislative session, but legislative business is far from over for the year. For starters, the House still needs to take up and pass (for...
  • Certificate of Need repeal heads to governor’s desk

    Lawmakers this week passed a historic bill that largely repeals South Carolina’s Certificate of Need program – a key policy priority on SCPC’s 2023-24 Legislative Agenda and a huge win for medical freedom.   The House amended and unanimously passed the bill Tuesday. The following day, the Senate agreed to the version and gave it...
  • Statehouse Update May 2-4

    Just two weeks remain in the regular legislative session. The budget is back with the House after the Senate passed its version last month. Once it passes the House (again), lawmakers from both chambers will sit down in conference committee to decide on the final state budget. Also on the...