Top Five

Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster during a nomination speech of President-elect Donald Trump at this year's GOP convention.

TOP FIVE: From McMaster’s priorities to common-sense investing

In this week’s Top Five stories you might have missed:

* McMaster offers insights into state’s challenges;
* How to fix sales taxes today;
* Hofferth outlines need for more higher ed support, funding;
* Scoppe asks legitimate questions on pension funding;
* Mayor pushes continued beach renourishment.

by · 02/17/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:   On tax credits, gas tax, big fines, broadband, food insecurity

TOP FIVE: On tax credits, gas tax, big fines, broadband, food insecurity

Staff reports | Here are five stories over the last few days that you might have missed:

* Kimpson unveils economic plan for working families
* Lots of state considering gas tax hikes
* S.C.’s $100 million nuke claim dismissed — for now
* Deploy broadband now to make America great
* How post offices can help fight food insecurity

by · 02/10/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:   On teachers, books, literacy, pensions and division

TOP FIVE: On teachers, books, literacy, pensions and division

Five stories you might have missed in the first week of February in 2017:
* More teachers are leaving, a phenomenon that is causing unease in education circles.
* State Treasurer Curtis Loftis has new ammo in his fight to fix the state’s pension system.
* A new book of essays suggests some fixes for South Carolina — including more reading by kids.
* A Florida prison literacy program is changing lives.
* Why it’s important to bridge the urban-rural divide in the Carolinas.

by · 02/02/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:   On protectionism, lawsuit, courts, education and corruption

TOP FIVE: On protectionism, lawsuit, courts, education and corruption

Our weekly Top Five feature offers big stories or views from the past week with policy and legislative implications. This week: protectionism, disability lawsuit, courts, education and corruption

by · 01/27/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:   From SRS and gas tax to clean energy, math and records

TOP FIVE: From SRS and gas tax to clean energy, math and records

Our weekly Top Five feature offers big stories or views from the past week with policy and legislative implications. In this week’s section, we offer stories on how the state will fine the feds $100 million over SRS; why the gas tax should be raised; why Texas offers a clean energy model; how to fix math education; and the impact of expunging criminal records.

by · 01/13/2017 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:   Read how tax inequality impacts South Carolina, more

TOP FIVE: Read how tax inequality impacts South Carolina, more

Leading this week’s Top Five stories you might have missed: Income inequality from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

This analysis looks at how there’s been a growth in tax inequality over the years with moderate- to low-income families shouldering a larger burden of taxable income. In South Carolina, the top 1 percent of households have seen a 93 percent increase in income since 1979, while all other households has seen income drop 3 percent, the study shows.

by · 12/23/2016 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:   From pensions and farmers to loans and guns

TOP FIVE: From pensions and farmers to loans and guns

Here are some stories in the news that impact South Carolina that you might have missed — state workers will have to pay more for retirement; how the strong dollar will impact farmers; students’ loan default rate; tougher gun law proposals; and how to diversify colleges.

by · 12/16/2016 · News, Top Five
TOP FIVE:   From more diversity and less money to more lockdowns

TOP FIVE: From more diversity and less money to more lockdowns

Here are five stories you might have missed: Four women were sworn into the state Senate on Tuesday, the most ever to serve in the upper chamber of the state’s General Assembly. Also: Pension crisis looms; Prisons are doing more lockdowns; Illinois governor wants to stop jobs to S.C.; Nonprofits’ roles in finances.

by · 12/09/2016 · News, Top Five