Palmetto Promise President & CEO Search

Blog · November 10, 2022

Background As Palmetto Promise Institute (PPI) prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the organization is looking for a President and CEO to lead PPI boldly into its next decade. The search was launched after PPI’s founding President and CEO was elected South Carolina State Superintendent of Education. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader

Palmetto Promise Board Congratulates Ellen Weaver, Announces CEO Search

Blog · November 9, 2022

PPI Congratulates Superintendent-Elect Weaver, Announces Transition National Search for New CEO On Tap FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Oran Smith  (803) 360-1194 / [Columbia, South Carolina, November 9, 2022—] Chairman Phil Hughes, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Palmetto Promise Institute (PPI) released the following statement Tuesday night with 45 of 46

Feed the Pig

Tax & Budget
Blog · October 27, 2022

In our Palmetto Playbook, we decided to take on fiscal policy more aggressively. After all, what policy area is more crucial to the future of South Carolina than how the state handles its money?  Since then, we have been writing about fiscal responsibility regularly.  Thanks for your positive response! Our Playbook look back at state


Blog · October 20, 2022

Conservative author and commentator William F. Buckley famously said that “a conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘Stop!’” He also suggested that there would be consequences for attempting to shovel sand in the gears of the progressive machine. Among those who were thought to be Chicken Littles were conservative financial policy experts who

The Rest of the Tax Cut Story

Tax & Budget
Blog · October 13, 2022

During its 2021-22 session, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a cut in the personal income tax rate. Whew! Finally, the highest marginal personal income tax rate in the South (7%), which has never been cut since its adoption in 1959, is headed for extinction. That’s great news. It was also good to see the

Survey of South Carolina Voters

Blog · October 6, 2022

Here are the results of the Fall 2022 survey of a random sampling of South Carolina Voters on key issues the Governor and legislature will be expected to tackle in 2023-24. A printable version of the poll results can be found here.      

Chart of the Century?

Quality of Life
Blog · September 15, 2022

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Senior Fellow Emeritus Mark J. Perry estimates that over the last fifteen years he has posted some 3,000 infographics to cyberspace—charts, graphs, tables, figures, maps, and Venn diagrams—each serving as his famous “Chart of the Day.” For some of us, Perry’s charts are  “eye candy” because of their combination of simplistic