LETTER: PPI Joins Groups Calling for COVID-19 Relief for Private Schools

Education
Blog · May 13, 2020

Palmetto Promise signed onto a letter to Capitol Hill calling on lawmakers to give COVID relief to private schools. Some of the requests in the letter include:  “Temporary education tax credit.” Families paying private school tuition for the 2019 and 2020 tax years should get a 50 percent tax credit on that tuition.  “Temporary charitable

Research foundation outlines approach for jumpstarting SC economy

Jobs & Economy
News · May 12, 2020

Palmetto Promise Institute released a report on Tuesday outlining 12 steps to jumpstart South Carolina’s economy.    “These 12 common sense ideas are the spark our state’s economic engine needs,” Palmetto Promise CEO Ellen Weaver said in releasing the list. “Each one has been tried on a temporary basis here in South Carolina or is

LETTER: PPI calls for Congress to not fund state bailouts

Jobs & Economy
Blog · May 8, 2020

Palmetto Promise Institute joined the Mackinac Center along with several other State Policy Network partners calling on Congress to not bailout state or local governments for budget issues not associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the letter below.  May 8, 2020 Dear Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority leaders Schumer and McCarthy: The

Private schools in SC apply for small business loans as coronavirus threatens enrollment

Education
News · May 1, 2020

Palmetto Promise polled private schools on how their operations—instructional, financial, and otherwise—have been affected by COVID-19. We released the results, paired with projections about the range of potential impacts of declining private school enrollment and possible school closures on public school budgets in a first-of-its-kind SC-specific analysis.   This survey sparked a long-overdue public conversation

As coronavirus raises unemployment rate, this SC bill may help military spouses find work

Jobs & Economy
News · March 20, 2020

Palmetto Promise Institute President & CEO Ellen Weaver was quoted in this Post & Courier article about a South Carolina bill to remove barriers to work for military spouses. S.455 will recognize licenses from military spouses moving into South Carolina without them having to go through the expensive and time-consuming license process.  By Thomas Novelly 

SC military hopes to curb wind farms, regulate drones and exempt taxes for vets in 2020

Jobs & Economy
News · March 1, 2020

A Palmetto Promise Institute blog post is featured in this Post & Courier story regarding reciprocating occupational and professional licenses across state lines for military spouses.  By Thomas Novelly It’s been a tough year for the S.C. Military Base Task Force. More than a dozen bills proposed in 2019 made little traction in the Statehouse. And

California Lawmakers Propose Government Takeover Of Private Utility, While South Carolina Officials Look To Sell A Palmetto State-Owned Power Co.

Energy
News · February 27, 2020

Palmetto Promise’s Oran Smith and board chair Phil Hughes are quoted in this Forbes pieces comparing California and South Carolina’s approach to their utilities. To learn more about the research referenced in this article, click here.  By Patrick Gleason, Forbes Contributor  California lawmakers and state officials recently went through a very high profile failure in

Lawmakers release plan to reform healthcare in South Carolina

Healthcare
News · January 21, 2020

ABC Columbia covered the release of the Palmetto Promise Healthcare Freedom Agenda at the South Carolina statehouse alongside doctors and lawmakers from across the state.  By Rochelle Dean View video here.  Columbia, SC (WOLO) — South Carolina lawmakers released their plan to reform the states healthcare system. Under the healthcare freedom agenda, individuals would pay