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Funding South Carolina’s Future


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What’s happening in South Carolina? Everything you need is right here.


Unwinding the Worst of Obamacare: Why Congress Must Rescind ACA’s Massive Medicaid Expansion

Executive Summary Given the focus on the disastrous launch of the Obamacare insurance Exchanges in 2013, many people […]

Medicaid by the Numbers

How much does Medicaid really cost in SC?

EPA’s Renewable Portfolio Standard: Major Expense, Minimal Return

The theme is all too familiar—Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and rules continue to drive electricity costs higher and higher.

Legislative Analysis: A Revised ECENC

Confused about the revised Education Credit for Exceptional Needs Children? We have the answers!

Funding South Carolina’s Future

As states like Michigan and Wisconsin discover the secret sauce of right-to-work, South Carolina stands to lose that current competitive advantage. In the most recent release of the Rich States, Poor States Economic Competitiveness Index, while our current performance puts us at #20, our outlook has fallen to #32, largely based on our levels of debt and uncompetitive tax structure.

Comprehensive tax reform is the single greatest next step we could take to ensure a bright outlook for South Carolina’s future. Our top marginal personal income tax rate is the highest in the Southeast. And while our corporate tax rate of 5% is one of the lowest in the nation, we exempt more corporate income than we collect, with the majority of credits accruing to larger, newer companies rather than smaller, older in-state companies. This imbalance cannot be sustained indefinitely and is not a long-term strategy for economic competitiveness.

This report outlines key features of the tax system currently in place in South Carolina and is organized by key issues affecting the impact of our various forms of taxes on the economy.

Empower Opportunity 2015

Finding the best education fit for your child can be a daunting task.

In this catalog, you’ll read the stories of families just like yours who share their journey to find the perfect place for their child. You’ll also find links to resources to learn more about each option.

Please take a minute to share this information with families you know. Knowledge is power, and working together, we can Empower Opportunity for students in every corner of the Palmetto State.

And please take a minute to visit our dedicated Empower Opportunity website at www.mysceducation.org.

Falling Unemployment – Road to Recovery or Dead End?

Late in 2014, headlines heralded the news that America’s official unemployment rate had fallen below 6% for the first time since 2008. Surely, a sign that we’re on the path to recovery, right? A closer look says “not so fast.” From 2008 to the most complete numbers we have in 2013, South Carolina’s labor participation has seen a uniform, steady decline across gender and race, aside from a 2012-2013 rebound among Hispanic workers.

SC’s Offshore Opportunity

What would offshore energy exploration mean for South Carolina in terms of potential revenue, economic development and jobs? What would it mean for our tourism industry and beautiful coast? These questions and more are explored in our groundbreaking report SC’S Offshore Opportunity: Economic & Environmental Impacts of Atlantic Energy Exploration. Learn more at www.OffshoreOpportunity.com.

Top 10 Reasons Medicaid Expansion is Bad Medicine for SC

Medicaid expansion puts the truly vulnerable at greater risk. Expansion was “paid for” by cutting $716 billion from seniors’ Medicare. And in states that have expanded Medicaid, costs are growing faster than revenue, siphoning resources away from education, infrastructure and public safety. It is also driving UP use of emergency rooms as there are proportionally fewer Medicaid providers to go around. Our handy summary lays out 10 key reasons why Medicaid expansion is “fool’s gold” – not “free money” – as proponents say.

The Crisis That’s as Big as V.C. Summer

To achieve real, substantive tax reform, policy makers need a roadmap, good information and determined leadership. The future prosperity of our state and people depends on it.

Why Finance Reform is a Must for SC Education

How do we fix South Carolina’s horribly fractured education finance system? PPI’s groundbreaking research is showing a student-centered path forward.

South Carolina and the Competition for Wealth

Every day states compete for people, jobs and wealth. What kind of punch does South Carolina throw? Dr. Oran Smith calls the fight.

“SALT”-y Profiles in Tax Reform Courage

South Carolina leaders should take a lesson from North Carolina and the “California 11” when it comes to fundamentally fixing South Carolina’s broken tax code.



Fast Facts

Short on time? Our “Fast Facts” boil it all down to give you a quick overview on need-to-know issues.

Online Course Access  harnesses technology to offer students access to high-quality, customized education. It renders location irrelevant while offering numerous courses.

An education reform that promises quality of learning, preparation for the future, flexibility to meet the individual needs of a child, and immediacy of impact.

A system that boldly rewards excellence with transparency and accounts for value added is the best accountability system for SC schools.

Sky-high medical bills? Unexpected health care costs? Patients deserve the “Right to Shop” and polls show they want it too.

By re-asserting the doctor-patient relationship and jettisoning third-party payers, Direct Primary Care is “innovating backwards.”

How much does Medicaid in South Carolina really cost the taxpayer? Expanding Medicaid used to be a nebulous policy fight…not anymore!


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Palmetto Voices

Stories from South Carolinians just like you.