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This map shows how far-reaching — and debt-ridden — government broadband has grown

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Minnesota, National, News, South Carolina, Technology, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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  The Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation has launched a website where users can view the litany of municipal broadband projects saddled with millions in debt. The map shows more than 200 projects funded by taxpayers, many of them deep in financial arrears and several more that failed, either sold off for deep discounts to private […]

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Nanny State of the Week: Pursuing porn in the Palmetto State

By   /  January 2, 2017  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Nanny State of the Week, New York, News, Regulations, South Carolina, State Government  /  No Comments

Part 109 of 116 in the series Nanny State of the Week Some lawmakers in the Palmetto State apparently wants it to become the Palmetto Parent. South Carolina state Reps. Bill Chumley and Mike Burns have filed a bill that would require computer manufacturers or retailers to install and operate software that “renders obscenity inaccessible” […]

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College football meccas are no havens for homesharing

By   /  December 23, 2016  /  Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, News, Ohio, Regulations, South Carolina, Washington  /  No Comments

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Alabama is the heavy favorite to win this year’s college football playoff, with Clemson, Ohio State and Washington looking to unseat the defending champion Crimson Tide. But fans of the challengers can take some solace in knowing the University of Alabama’s hometown of Tuscaloosa is dead last in at least one category — homesharing. Considering many […]

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South Carolina considers school choice expansion

By   /  November 16, 2016  /  Education Blog, South Carolina  /  No Comments

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State Senators in South Carolina are discussing a major expansion to the special needs school choice program. In the current fiscal year, $12 million has been set aside for the program, and a group of lawmakers is asking for that to be increased to $25 million, plus another $25 million for economically disadvantaged students. Read more […]

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South Carolina takes over school choice nonprofit duties

By   /  August 10, 2016  /  Education Blog, South Carolina  /  No Comments

The privately run nonprofits that had been raising money for South Carolina’s private school choice program have given the state program replacing them $42,000 as they shutter their operations. The State newspaper reported that the private nonprofits had until Aug. 1 to cease operations following a state audit that showed one of them was providing grant money to students whose […]

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South Carolina moves to ban private school-choice groups

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Education Blog, South Carolina  /  No Comments

Lawmakers in South Carolina want to ban private nonprofits that work to raise money for school choice programs in the state. The Palmetto Kids First Scholarship Program and three other nonprofits raise money to help students with disabilities afford to attend private schools. It is currently a $12 million per year program. Read more here.        

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