Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Aims to Strike Amendment “Born in Bigotry” from SC Constitution

Education
Blog · April 14, 2021

Action by a federal court would have the effect of restoring eligibility for federal COVID relief funds to students in denominationally-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), other faith-based colleges, and religiously-affiliated K-12 independent schools.

Pandemic Parenting: SC Charter, Independent, Home School Options Surge; Public Numbers Down Dramatically

Education
Blog · March 26, 2021

Over the last year, South Carolina’s traditional public school districts have lost nearly 30,000 students according to the most recent student counts released by the SC Department of Education. Where are those students going? Palmetto Promise collected and analyzed enrollment data across all forms of schooling in South Carolina and found significant increases in options outside of traditional public schools.

Defending the integrity of our elections is essential to America’s future

Blog · March 19, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer—under the guise of expanding “voting rights”—are hard at work in Washington to codify COVID-based emergency voting procedures that weaken election integrity and prevent states from enacting common sense ideas to ensure fair and honest elections. For over a decade, the Left has been focused on

SC Leaders Fight “Blue State Bailout” Overreach

Jobs & Economy
Blog · March 17, 2021

President Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” is a budget-busting boondoggle, shoveling out cash as fast as Washington can print (and borrow) it. But not just content to bail out their cronies in fiscally-irresponsible Blue States like IL, CA, and NY, Biden, Schumer, and Pelosi go even further, potentially hamstringing the ability of state like South Carolina

COMMENTARY: In God We Trust, All Others Bring Evidence

Education
Blog · March 17, 2021

Proposals in the South Carolina Legislature to give families more opportunities to choose schools and educational settings for their children have come under fire, including in a recent newspaper column by College of Charleston professor Kendall Deas. Professor Deas was critical of Senator Tim Scott’s support of empowering families to make more educational decisions for their children. The actual evidence indicates that Senator Scott’s ideas are what will improve educational outcomes for all children, whereas Deas’ ideas have been tried for decades—and have failed.

PPI Urges Senator Graham, U.S. Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Rights of Donors

Jobs & Economy
Blog · March 7, 2021

There are plenty of reasons to oppose the Pelosi-Schumer H.R. 1/S. 1 tag team, the deceptively named “For the People Act” currently making its way through the U.S. Congress. Our friends at the Public Interest Legal Foundation lay out a laundry list of DC power grabs related to election integrity, state control of election procedures,

Mobile Barbershops Legislation Passes Committee, Moves to House Floor

Jobs & Economy
Blog · March 4, 2021

South Carolina could be on the “cutting edge,” says Rep. Pat Henegan, of a new innovation in the world of barbering. On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the Medical, Municipal and Military Affairs (“3M”) Committee of the South Carolina House sent H.3024 to the floor in a unanimous vote. The committee’s approval was a huge step

COVID Liability Protection Passes South Carolina Senate

Jobs & Economy
Blog · February 25, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill to protect SC business from predatory COVID-related lawsuits. Just last month, Governor McMaster delivered his State of the State address, outlining South Carolina’s 2021 policy priorities. In that speech, the Governor touted 7 of the 10 recommendations in Palmetto Promise’s 2021 Freedom Agenda, a common-sense,