PPI Launches New Website & Video on South Carolina’s Offshore Energy Opportunity

Energy
March 11, 2015

Today, Palmetto Promise Institute (formerly Palmetto Policy Forum) President Ellen Weaver joined U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan and others at a press conference to announce the launch of OffshoreOpportunity.com, a new online resource dedicated to educating South Carolinians about the potential of offshore energy development. The press conference was held in conjunction with a meeting convened by the federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) to solicit feedback from South Carolinians on the issue of offshore exploration.

Palmetto Policy Forum Announces Rebranding as Palmetto Promise Institute, Unveils New Logo

February 4, 2015

Energized by policy successes researching and advocating against Medicaid expansion and Common Core in South Carolina and promoting proven K-3 literacy strategies like Read to Succeed, Palmetto Promise plans to build on these early wins. Using a proven operating strategy of solid research and strong relationships, Palmetto Promise will continue its mission to work with policy leaders to make South Carolina a model for other states by embracing proven, best-practice ideas to help move the Palmetto State and her citizens forward.

EPA Rules Will Hurt South Carolina Pocketbooks

Energy
February 2, 2015

Gas prices fell to an average of $1.86 per gallon last week in South Carolina according to AAA, providing us with a little extra cash in our pockets. That’s great news indeed…but we had better not get used to it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of implementing three rules that a new study by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University and Palmetto Promise Institute says will substantially drive up the cost of energy in South Carolina.

Palmetto Policy Forum Releases New Empower Opportunity School Choice Catalog Featuring Foreword From U.S. Senator Tim Scott

Education
November 17, 2014

Today, at its 2nd Annual VisionSC Summit, Palmetto Policy Forum released the latest version of Empower Opportunity: Education Options for South Carolina Families. Featuring a foreword from U.S. Senator Tim Scott on the power of education choice, this groundbreaking publication is designed to equip South Carolina families with information about education options currently available to Palmetto State students. It also highlights policy success stories in states where they have created even more choice and flexibility than currently exists here.

New Report Finds SC Poised to Benefit Big from Offshore Resource Development

Energy
September 17, 2014

On July 18, 2014 the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced that it would allow for modern surveys of the Mid- and South-Atlantic coast to update 40-year old data on offshore petroleum resources. This type of advanced seismic mapping will yield a far more accurate picture of offshore oil and natural gas reserves than what is currently available. The BOEM announcement could present significant opportunity for South Carolina, perhaps as soon as 2018.

School Choice Unites & Empowers

Education
February 2, 2014

This OpEd  appeared in The Greenville News on February 2, 2014. Liberal Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton. What agenda could possibly unite these political odd couples? Support for the rapidly expanding world of education options. Each of these leaders is part of a bipartisan