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NEWS:  Is S.C. doing enough to grow, maintain small businesses?

NEWS:  Is S.C. doing enough to grow, maintain small businesses?

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  Unemployment is down. Small business taxes and regulations are down. But there are 25 percent fewer small businesses today than prior to the Great Recession, according to small business advocates.

What’s killing small business in South Carolina? Lack of access to capital, they say. Now, they are eyeing the billions of dollars the state has spent on luring big business and say they want a piece of the pie.

“Regulations are not holding back small business. Taxes are not holding back small business in the state,” said Frank Knapp CEO of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce.  

by · 08/04/2017 · News
An oil drilling platform off of the California coast.

KNAPP: Time running out to protect the Atlantic Coast

By Frank Knapp Jr.  |  President Trump recently proclaimed that his administration is seeking “American energy dominance.”  The reality is we’re already there.

The United States produces more natural gas and oil than any other nation.  We do import about 25 percent of our oil needs, mostly from Canada and Mexico.  However, that’s only because we export about one million gallons a week of the type of domestically-produced oil we don’t want.  The U.S. is beholding to no other country for our energy security.

If these facts come as a surprise to you, then you are ripe for being deceived by those who want to use air gun blasting to explore for oil and gas off the Atlantic Coast. 

BRACK:  State needs to ramp up its commitment to small businesses

BRACK:  State needs to ramp up its commitment to small businesses

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   With all of the big news in late June about $1 billion in new foreign investment in South Carolina, it’s time for the state to pay more attention to the little guy and small businesses.

The new state budget includes $40 million as a “closing fund” to seal deals with big new companies such as Samsung, which announced a $380 million investment this week in Newberry County that will create 950 new jobs.  Also in recent days, BMW announced it would invest $600 million more in its Upstate car plant, which will add 1,000 more jobs by 2021.

by · 06/30/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
Construction at the Summer site.

NEWS: Will S.C.’s new reactors melt down like roads, pensions?

By Bill Davis, senior editor | There are several “nightmare scenarios” swirling around two incomplete and incredibly expensive nuclear reactors being built in the Midlands in Jenkinsville and what damage they could do to ratepayers’ wallets.

The ongoing work on the reactors, a joint effort of Santee Cooper and SCE&G, at the V.C. Sumner facility appears to be over budget and behind schedule, according to company documents.

But what’s more concerning to many is that the company building the reactors, Westinghouse, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the face of what may be billions of dollars of corporate losses. Westinghouse’s parent company, Japan’s Toshiba, has promised an unknown amount of money to help guarantee completion, according to published reports.

by · 04/21/2017 · News
A National Park Service volunteer examines a beached pilot whale in the Florida Everglades.  While the cause of the whale’s death in 2013 was unclear, the photo resembles strandings in New Zealand at the end of 2016.  Photo via Wikipedia.

KNAPP: The truth about seismic testing

By Frank Knapp Jr., special to Statehouse Report | Here is a political axiom: If you say an untruth often enough, loud enough and that untruth is never rebutted with the same intensity, the public and government officials eventually believe it.

This is the political axiom that the proponents of seismic testing for offshore oil rely upon when trying to counter the overwhelming Atlantic Coast public opposition to this destructive exploration process.

Last Friday, the Obama Administration’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management denied all seismic testing permits for oil exploration off the Atlantic Coast. Local coastal businesses, governments, environmental organizations and citizen groups were overjoyed.

by · 01/11/2017 · Commentary, My Turn
NEWS: Steady as she goes on economy

NEWS: Steady as she goes on economy

Staff reports | South Carolina’s healthy economy might have leveled off a bit in 2016, but the next year will offer steady economic gains, according to economists.

by · 12/16/2016 · News
The state's employers want workers to improve their skills to fill thousands of jobs for which they're seeking trained workers.

NEWS: State’s low jobless rate offers incomplete economic outlook

By Lindsay Street, contributing writer | More people found more jobs in October as the state’s jobless rate fell to its lowest level in 15 years, but don’t expect unfilled positions and the resulting higher wages just yet.

The state is still grappling with a disconnect between employer needs and employee skills, according to several experts. And while the unemployment rate continues to plummet, they say it doesn’t take into account those who have dropped out of the labor force or those who are working part-time but need to work full-time.

Added to those woes, for every unfilled job in the state in October, there are nearly two unemployed persons in the labor market, according to S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), which tracks labor in the state.

by · 12/02/2016 · News
NEWS: When skill sets don’t match workforce requirements

NEWS: When skill sets don’t match workforce requirements

By Lindsay Street, contributing correspondent | The state’s top educators say all the elements are in place for creating a South Carolina workforce that matches the labor market, but there’s still a disparity between the two.

The 2015 annual report, titled “S.C. labor overeducated for majority of jobs,” by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce illustrates gaps in skills that remain between workforce and labor demands.

According to the DEW report, South Carolina has an “oversupply” of labor with some college or a bachelor of the arts degrees and not enough labor with technical degrees that are in demand.

by · 08/12/2016 · News