Politics

BRIEFS:  S.C. ranks 7th in beer taxes; Whipper to leave House

BRIEFS: S.C. ranks 7th in beer taxes; Whipper to leave House

Staff reports | Here’s some fodder for conversation around the bar: For every gallon beer that South Carolinians drink (that’s about 11 beers – way more than you should have in one sitting in a bar), they’re paying 77 cents in state taxes.

Also: Longtime Charleston state Rep. Seth Whipper, a Democrat, is stepping down from his North Charleston seat to take one on the bench. He’ll become a county magistrate judge, a position he held part-time for eight years before heading to the Statehouse in 1995.

BRIEFS:   Agreement on budget; Trump’s testy tweet; Pension dodge

BRIEFS: Agreement on budget; Trump’s testy tweet; Pension dodge

Staff reports | House and Senate conferees finished negotiations on a compromise $8 billion budget for state taxes just an hour before June 1 arrived. Highlights are in public education, pension reform and health costs. Also in this brief — a testy presidential tweet on trade with Germany and a pension dodge.

BRIEF:  On state budget, breathe Chicken Little, breathe

BRIEF: On state budget, breathe Chicken Little, breathe

Staff reports | There seems to be an alarmist tone in the coverage in traditional media about the state’s $8 billion annual budget on how use state tax dollars.

It goes like this: The House and Senate are out of their regular session earlier than usual. There’s not a ratified budget yet, even though a conference committee is meeting. The House cancelled its meeting this week and won’t be back until June 6. On top of that, the Senate passed a stopgap measure to use the current budget next year if the General Assembly doesn’t get a budget by July 1.

BRIEFS: General Assembly to return; Unemployment drops

BRIEFS: General Assembly to return; Unemployment drops

Staff reports | The S.C. House and Senate are scheduled to return to Columbia Tuesday to finalize a budget compromise. But they’ve got a problem: House and Senate negotiators are at an impasse over the $8 billion spending plan.

Robertson

BRIEFS: Party leadership; shorter session’s impact

Both major parties in the state will have new leaders for the 2018 elections. The Democrats elected Trav Robertson to be chair. Republicans will elect their new chair on May 13.

Also, there’s an early review of the shortened session during which lawmakers seem to be on track to accomplishing more than usual.

by · 05/05/2017 · News, Palmetto Politics
NEWS:  Ervin’s song for S.C.:  “We got the pothole blues”

NEWS: Ervin’s song for S.C.: “We got the pothole blues”

EDITOR’S NOTE, 4/28: This story was posted earlier in the week before Wednesday’s vote by the state Senate to approve a road-funding bill. You might still enjoy!

Staff reports | Former S.C. gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin of Greenville has gotten so frustrated by the continued “lack of vision and failed leadership “ by state senators and Gov. Henry McMaster in funding the billions of dollars of much-needed road and bridge repairs that he wrote “Pothole Blues” and got it recorded.

“We should demand that our state politicians ‘fix the damn roads’ and stop kicking the can down the pothole filled road,” Ervin told Statehouse Report.

Click here to listen to the song, brought to you first by Statehouse Report.

BRIEF:  Roads bill not finished in Senate … still

BRIEF: Roads bill not finished in Senate … still

Staff reports | You know the old political cliche, “kicking the can down the road?”

Well, that is what the state legislature has been doing for years with South Carolina’s poor roads system. And if this week’s debate on a House infrastructure bill in the Senate was any indication, then the road that can is headed down will have a lot of potholes and needed repairs.

by · 04/21/2017 · News, Palmetto Politics, Politics
TALLY SHEET:  When legislating is like making mayonnaise

TALLY SHEET: When legislating is like making mayonnaise

Staff reports | The old saying goes that it’s not a pretty sight watching either laws or sausages being made.

This week, though, a little bit of mayonnaise must have been added to the mixture. State Rep. Anne Parks, D-Greenwood, sponsored H. 4149 — and got just about every other lawmaker in the House to co-sponsor — a congratulatory resolution celebrating the 100 years that Duke’s Mayonnaise has been in business.

by · 04/21/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet