Litigating for Liberty!

Blog · July 24, 2023

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

Palmetto Promise Nominated for National Award!

Blog · July 14, 2023

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

Why we celebrate Carolina Day

Blog · June 28, 2023

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

Freedom, Liberty, Love and Grace

Blog · June 22, 2023

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

FORBES: South Carolina’s Certificate Of Need Repeal is The Largest in Almost Three Decades

Blog · June 21, 2023

This piece originally appeared in Forbes, and was co-authored by Josh Archambault and Oran Smith, Ph.D. Senior Fellow at Palmetto Promise Institute. Long-time talk show host Joey Hudson had to wait an excruciating three weeks for a hernia operation in South Carolina. To add insult to injury, his friend in Florida who had the same

The Results are in!

Blog · June 15, 2023

Last week, we asked you to vote on ten issues that are a part of the larger Palmetto Promise Institute Freedom Agenda. We know that all of the issues on the agenda are important, but how do they compare? Here are the results. Every issue we asked you to rate hit the 74% mark (Very Important +

Details of South Carolina’s New Education Scholarship Account Program (Act 8 of 2023)

Blog · May 30, 2023

After nearly eight years of hard work by Palmetto Promise Institute and many others, South Carolina has a brand new education freedom program on the way! Education Scholarship Trust Fund scholarships will be awarded beginning with the 2024-25 school year. Here are some of the key details: *The official name of the South Carolina program

Goodbye Incrementalism?

Blog · May 12, 2023

The photo you see adjacent to this post is of a group of true believers who assembled on January 21, 2020 on the first floor of the Statehouse to call for a total repeal of the state Certificate of Need program. Earlier this week, Senator Tom Davis referred to this event humorously as “a few