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September 19, 2023

Let’s Jumpstart Comprehensive Tax Reform

Since he was elected to the South Carolina Senate in 2012, Senator Sean Bennett has been a strong, steady voice for comprehensive tax reform. Bennett is known for taking to the well of the Senate and laying out his very specific concerns about how our current tax code is unfair, unstable and uncompetitive. Two of
September 12, 2023

Check Out Our Nomination Video!

Please enjoy our official nomination video for the Biggest Win for Freedom 2023 from the State Policy Network (SPN) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. We were honored to be in the final 3 organizations among 64 affiliate SPN members for the top award.
September 6, 2023

Censorship! (Not.)

Late last year, Palmetto Promise Institute released a report entitled Education or Indoctrination? The purpose of the study was simple: develop a list of the national organizations from the left side of the ideological spectrum that are actively seeking to influence education in South Carolina…and then describe their particular perspectives. For a publication that simply
August 22, 2023

The Beach Boom and Healthcare

According to a new study by U.S. News and World Report, the fastest-growing metro area in the United States is…Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This is no real surprise, because when the South Carolina General Assembly was debating the future of the Certificate of Need (CON) program, we highlighted Horry County (oh-ree) as an example of
August 7, 2023

In South Carolina Port Case, Court Caves to Organized Labor

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is seated in Richmond, Virginia. It hears appeals from the nine federal district courts in South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. In the past, the Fourth was a happy home for originalism, federalism, and free enterprise. Now? Not so much. Just last week, the court essentially
August 4, 2023

Generational Change in School Funding Formula

As Governor Henry McMaster and the House Ways & Means Committee were drafting their plans for the state budget year beginning on July 1, 2022, the question of the complex web of funding streams for public education was asked once again. Charter schools in particular were stuck in ad hoc line items rather than receiving
July 24, 2023

Litigating for Liberty!

Some of the most significant conservative policy victories of recent years had a litigation element. By that I mean a legal case made its way to the Supreme Court and the side of freedom won. In the Janus case (2018), the court ruled that public employees cannot be forced to pay agency fees to a
July 14, 2023

Palmetto Promise Nominated for National Award!

Palmetto Promise Institute is one of three nominees that made the cut for the State Policy Network‘s “Biggest Win for Freedom Award.” The winner will be announced at SPN’s Annual Meeting in Chicago next month.  About the Awards… State Policy Network’s Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement recognize state think tanks doing exceptional work
June 28, 2023

Why we celebrate Carolina Day

No image from the War for Independence warms my South Carolina heart more than the one you see depicted here. There are probably more accurate renditions of the event, but this full-color version of the famous incident near Charleston Harbor on June 28, 1776 stirs my soul every time I see it. It is for
June 22, 2023

Freedom, Liberty, Love and Grace

Where were you on June 17, 2015? The Americans of my parents’ generation always asked one another where they were on November 22, 1963. My mother always said that it was on her car radio that she heard the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated. She was driving her son (me) to Olan Mills