What’s In The Hopper?

January 3, 2014

Like it or not, the actions of the South Carolina General Assembly can have a powerful impact on the pocketbooks of families like yours…on your freedom to work, access health care and educate your family. The legislature usually takes the summer and fall off and returns in January. To get ready to return for their January through June session, members of the Senate and House started putting bills in the stream in December. In the waning days of 2013 some interesting legislation was filed that could have a significant impact on your life. As always, we will be watching these bills to protect you and your family.

First Annual VisionSC Summit Agenda

November 15, 2013

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 11:30 AM – Registration and Check-in (lunch on your own) 1:30 PM – Opening Welcome Mike Brenan President, BB&T of South Carolina Board of Directors, Palmetto Policy Forum Columbia, SC The Honorable Alan Wilson Attorney General of the State of South Carolina Columbia, SC

Empowering Students: What They’re Saying

Education
October 26, 2013

Yesterday was an exciting day as Palmetto Policy joined with partners from around the state to launch our new education options resource catalogue for SC parents!Empowering Students celebrates all forms of education choice in SC —charter, virtual, private and homeschool— and highlight real Palmetto State families that are happily using each of these options. We also provide an easy “one-stop-shop” of resource links for parents to learn more about each of these choices that we hope will be a help for families as they seek to make the best decision for their student! But we need your help. Please take a minute to enjoy these inspiring stories, and most importantly, help us SHARE it via email and social media with your friends and family.Empowering Students will only be as effective as the number of South Carolina parents who read it!

Thoughts on American Exceptionalism

September 19, 2013

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin took to the pages of The New York Times to counsel Americans about “what is in our best interest” as a nation. He proceeded to chide President Obama for insinuating that there is something exceptional about America, ironically, picking up a theme with which President Obama himself is all

This September 11th

September 11, 2013

On this day, September 11, 2013, you might be transported back to the shocking horror of the Twin Towers falling in plumes of black fire and dust. Perhaps you are taken back to our Pentagon crumbling from Flight 77’s impact; maybe you hear an echo of the “Let’s Roll!” bravery of the heroes of Flight

Why does Milton Friedman matter?

Jobs & Economy
July 31, 2013

Widely regarded as the groundbreaking leader of the Chicago School of monetary economics, Milton Friedman led a long and storied career, receiving the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economic Science, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988 and the National Medal of Science the same year. But he is beloved because his academic brilliance was employed in the practical service of people. Friedman’s observance of the facts led him to a passionate belief that people truly free to choose their course in life without the heavy hand of undue government interference is the surest way forward to create hope and opportunity – a rising tide of prosperity – for all.

Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2013

By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world. ~ “Concord Hymn,” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1837 Today marks the 237th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence. After passage by the Continental Congress, a War for Independence ensued, with

Education Alert: Universal Pre-K…Spending for Success?

Education
May 17, 2013

In short, “No.” President Obama’s push for massive federal spending on a universal pre-kindergarten program generated heated opposition over cost, government overreach and the questionable effectiveness of existing programs like Head Start. But now this debate has landed on our front step. The South Carolina State Senate is scheduled to vote early next week on