Post Tagged with: "reform"

BRACK:  Revisionist spin machine on rinse for Haley’s record?

BRACK:  Revisionist spin machine on rinse for Haley’s record?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  With the next presidential election three years away, it isn’t odd to start wondering whether a revisionist rinse is already spinning away to bolster the gubernatorial record of now U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Just look to a premise in a weekend story about the former S.C. governor that claimed she was the driving force behind “$180 million in new education funding three years ago.”

Really?  Is that what happened? 

by · 09/29/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
BRIEFS:  Pension reform on the way; Winthrop Poll and Trump

BRIEFS: Pension reform on the way; Winthrop Poll and Trump

Staff reports | It looks like the General Assembly is serious about enacting state pension reform this legislative session, perhaps as early as next week in the House. Currently, the state pension systems are grossly underfunded, with tens of billions of dollars in unfunded obligations. The shortfall amount swells from $20 billion to $40 billion, depending to whom in Columbia you are talking. The pension system covers everyone from state employees to city cops and county teachers, and more.

Also in today’s briefs is a look at how South Carolinians feel about President Donald Trump compared to others and groups, according to a new Winthrop Poll.

by · 02/24/2017 · News briefs, Politics
BRACK:  Corruption probe should have impact on legislative process

BRACK: Corruption probe should have impact on legislative process

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | The indictment this week of prominent Republican Rep. Jim Merrill has cast another pall on a General Assembly so fraught with challenges that some wonder if anything much will get done in 2017.

Real progress, they say, doesn’t need another stumbling block from lawmakers constantly looking over their shoulders, perhaps reluctant to do much as a Statehouse corruption probe is sure to widen. First came the 2014 downfall of former House Speaker Bobby Harrell of Charleston. Now comes Merrill’s indictment on 30 charges.

by · 12/16/2016 · Andy Brack, Commentary
TOP FIVE:  On incentives, school, fiscal reform, more

TOP FIVE: On incentives, school, fiscal reform, more

Here are five stories you might have missed for the week of Aug. 12, 2016: Film incentives are costing South Carolina; How President Obama helped a Dillon school; college students face more than debt challenges; Paying teachers more won’t stop them from quitting; and George Will on the “national childishness” of not reforming government.

by · 08/12/2016 · News, Top Five
TALLY SHEET: New bills range from war memorials to refugees, guns, agency reform

TALLY SHEET: New bills range from war memorials to refugees, guns, agency reform

Legislators filed about 140 new bills during the first week of the General Assembly’s 2016 session. They also formally added about 260 bills that were prefiled in December. See all Senate bills | See all House bills

by · 01/15/2016 · Politics, Tally Sheet
MY TURN:  A path to making progress on criminal justice reform

MY TURN: A path to making progress on criminal justice reform

By Victoria Middleton | As the opening of the legislative session on January 12 approaches, it’s hard to forecast what will be accomplished at the Statehouse. The year 2015 was marked by shocking events – the Emanuel church massacre, a spike in police shootings, evidence that excessive force is used even against school students — that put South Carolina in the national spotlight. Whether our elected officials will be moved to take action as a result remains to be seen. The revulsion against racism and violence felt by so many of us in South Carolina may lead to positive change. Speaking realistically, the legislative session is short and the agenda is packed.

by · 01/08/2016 · Commentary, My Turn
A federal sign commemorating the Eisenhower Interstate System -- a huge national infrastructure investment -- from July 1993.  Photo from fhwa.dot.gov

BRACK: State needs to deal with budget reform

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | State governments suffer from a disease similar to traditional Wall Street investment: a focus on the near term.

South Carolina, despite its AAA credit rating, isn’t any different in this regard. Politicians, by their very nature, focus on the short term. They have to, in one sense, because they face voters every two or four years. So to get reelected, they either have to do something quickly — in the short term — or do little, which perpetuates a broken structure.

by · 06/12/2015 · Andy Brack, Commentary
Brack: “Dum spiro spero” on S.C. public education

Brack: “Dum spiro spero” on S.C. public education

By Andy Brack | Twenty years from now, historians just might look back on the past week as the tipping point for state legislators finally “getting it” that public education, particularly in rural areas, needs a lot of attention, not episodic Band-aids.

The state House of Representatives finally seems to have a leader — a man who grew up in the Corridor of Shame’s Darlington County — who is walking the walk, not just talking the talk about public education. GOP House Speaker Jay Lucas this week challenged a special new panel of leaders he appointed to look for real fixes to public education, solutions that should be innovative, bold and inventive.

by · 02/27/2015 · Andy Brack, Commentary