South Carolina

Fireworks ban continues, as big biz lobbying influences VA House

By   /  July 4, 2014  /  Business, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

COINCIDENCE?: State Sen. Tom Garrett's bill on ethics was scheduled to be heard in the Courts of Justice Committee -- from which he was removed by the Democrats' reorganization.

As Virginians celebrate Independence Day — many of them with consumer-grade fireworks they bought from states such as South Carolina — there’s an unseen war waging over attempts to overturn Virginia’s ban on the sale and use of those pyrotechnics.

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Nanny state of the week: SC — and Schumer — for duplicative efforts to ban powdered alcohol

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  Issues  /  No Comments

POWDERED ALCOHOL: South Carolina's state Senate is considering a bill to ban powdered alcohol.

It looks a lot like powdered soft drink mix, but don’t get this stuff confused with the Kool-Aid.

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Where will Boeing land? When pols throw money at big business, taxpayers lose

By   /  December 20, 2013  /  Accountability, Business, Economy, Finances, Issues, National, News, State Budgets, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

WHEELS DOWN: Gov. Sam Brownback has returned from his week at the Paris Air Show, where he met with aviation industry business leaders in an attempt to secure more jobs for Kansas. The trip cost taxpayers an estimated $90,000.

In an attempt to lure businesses to move within their borders, states offer everything from piles of cash to tax-free land and low-interest loans to state tax credits — all in the name of economic development. In theory, the free giveaways will pay for themselves because of increased employment and other economic benefits that come from landing a major industry.

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Bargains galore: A Merry Christmas for Boeing, a lump of coal for taxpayers

By   /  December 6, 2013  /  News, Northwest  /  No Comments

BOEING BREAKS: States swoon over Boeing but what about the little guys?

Boeing Co. is doing a little Christmas shopping, and it’s finding bargains galore.

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Scholarships could lift SC school dedicated to real-life, hands-on learning

By   /  November 7, 2013  /  Education, News  /  No Comments

HANDS ON: Students at the Barclay School take an integrated approach to education.

Gillian Barclay-Smith, a headmaster at a local school for special needs students, wanted to be done with administrative work.

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SC school-choice program helps special needs kids, could expand

By   /  October 24, 2013  /  Education, News  /  No Comments

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Special needs students in South Carolina can take advantage of grants to help with education under a budget proviso that will go into effect in January, when the new tax year begins.

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