The beach. The mountains. The family cookout. The parade. The fireworks. In the Weaver house, it’s celebrating my Dad’s birthday. (We’re still not sure if he knows that the festivities aren’t all just about him.) As Americans, we love our Independence Day traditions! But on that first Independence Day in 1776, the celebration must have
Ellen learned the value of hard work, entrepreneurship and love of country early in life while working in her dad’s small business. A long-time staffer to U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, she now is President of Palmetto Promise Institute, where she passionately fights to break down barriers to opportunity and empower every South Carolinian to thrive.
Instead of expanding a broken system that is breaking our state budget, let’s expand and protect innovations like Direct Primary Care and reform and refocus Medicaid on the truly vulnerable populations it was created to serve.
Back in February, we raised the alarm about how the big tax changes out of Washington passed in late 2017 would actually increase state taxes due to the way that South Carolina “conforms” to the federal tax code. Our economist—Dr. Rebecca Gunnlaugsson—outlined a roadmap for how to hold taxpayers harmless and move South Carolina closer
This week – perhaps for the first time ever – a Senate Judiciary subcommittee unanimously passed a resolution that would give South Carolina voters a chance to make state-level legislative term limits a reality. Three GOP gubernatorial candidates stopped by to pledge their support for the idea, and I was honored to be invited by Chairman
Private schools are a vital part of a healthy education ecosystem that provides parents with the various options they need to find the right education fit for their student. Palmetto Promise recently partnered with EdChoice to conduct a survey of South Carolina’s private school sector. With the vast majority of these schools operating independently, it’s
Tomorrow (April 18) at 9:00 AM the South Carolina Senate’s K-12 Education Subcommittee will meet to discuss S.622—the South Carolina Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Account Act (ESA’s). ESA’s are an education innovation that is sweeping the country and creating unprecedented flexibility for students and families. This idea would allow parents of eligible students to apply
Southerners know the wisecrack that comes up whenever talking about some less-than-stellar state statistic: “Thank goodness for Mississippi.” Sadly, South Carolina’s education system just lost that excuse. On April 10, the National Center for Education Statistics released its 2017 results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. Also known as the “Nation’s Report
Even as students (and the South Carolina Senate) enjoy spring break and golf nuts get their Masters fix, policy news here in Columbia hasn’t taken the week off! This week saw noteworthy developments on a couple key issues we’re watching at the Statehouse: Real results: House votes to establish Santee Cooper study committee Fresh on
Yesterday, I had a chance to speak to the Senate Human Services Subcommittee about three short – but powerful – bills that represent a compassionate, common-sense step towards making a South Carolina a state where every person has the opportunity to reach their full, God-given potential. In the throws and aftermath of the 2008 recession,