Letter: Potential sale of Santee Cooper

March 5, 2019

My thanks to state Rep. Russell Fry for standing with Santee Cooper customers. Rep. Fry serves on the special legislative committee that’s considering offers to buy state-owned Santee Cooper, offers that would pay off the enormous debt and ensure lower rates than Santee Cooper’s. Rep. Fry cast a crucial vote on the committee to pursue

As More States Move To Create Education Savings Accounts, New Poll Finds Strong Bipartisan Support

February 9, 2019

This article was originally published in Forbes by author Patrick Gleason. A new Mason-Dixon poll out this week shows that state Education Savings Account (ESA) programs, which expand school choice by allowing families to control a large share of the taxpayer resources going toward their children’s education, aren’t just sound policy for state lawmakers to enact, they’re

The myths about selling Santee Cooper

January 16, 2019

This article was originally published in The State and was written by PPI’s Dr. Oran Smith. State-owned utility Santee Cooper has a long, rich history. It was Santee Cooper that literally sent light into darkness, bringing power to our rural communities at a time when no other utility would take the risk. Unfortunately, the more

Greenville County legislators push for ‘bold’ education reform

December 19, 2018

PPI’s education agenda was mentioned in an article in the Greenville News. Anna Lee, The Greenville News Greenville County legislators vowing to make education reform a top priority on Tuesday publicized an education agenda from the conservative Palmetto Promise Institute. The Help Our Pupils Excel plan would reformat the state’s education system by addressing “root problems in finance

Palmetto Promise Weighs In On Dominion-SCANA Deal

December 13, 2018

After initially indicating it was staying out of the debate, the Palmetto Promise Institute (PPI) – a South Carolina think tank founded by former U.S. senator Jim DeMint – signaled its opposition on Thursday to a proposed $15 billion merger between Virginia-based Dominion Energy and crony capitalist utility SCANA. The group’s statement – submitted less than 48 hours before state regulators are scheduled