Stronger Together: Expanding Opportunity Through School District Consolidation

Education
September 6, 2018

During the 2017-2018 legislative session, an old proposal became new again: the idea of merging several of South Carolina’s smaller school districts together with neighboring districts to form larger ones. This short paper seeks to gather facts, statistics, and previous comprehensive studies on the issue to find answers to the question “Should some South Carolina

Santee Cooper vs. SCANA – Which ratepayers will pay more?

Energy
June 27, 2018

New economic analysis from Palmetto Promise Institute provides first insight into costs Santee Cooper ratepayers must pay versus SCE&G customers While much of the failed V.C. Summer nuclear debacle’s attention has been focused on SCE&G parent company SCANA and its customers, a newly released economic analysis from the Palmetto Promise Institute finds it is Santee

Private education in SC more available than you might think

Education
April 27, 2018

Private schools are a vital part of a healthy education ecosystem that provides parents with the various options they need to find the right education fit for their student. Palmetto Promise recently partnered with EdChoice to conduct a survey of South Carolina’s private school sector. With the vast majority of these schools operating independently, it’s

Santee Cooper’s Uncertain Future

Energy
March 20, 2018

A Historical, Policy, and Financial Analysis of the South Carolina Public Service Authority This is the executive summary of a larger report. Download the full report here (49 pages). As the sheer magnitude of the V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 nuclear abandonment, the largest financial disaster in South Carolina history, comes more into focus,

Common Questions about Education Scholarship Accounts

Education
June 27, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey and Representative Shannon Erickson recently filed legislation (S.622 and H.4308) that, if passed, would create “Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Accounts” for South Carolina students. Below are some commonly asked questions about Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). 1) Will ESAs impact existing Exceptional SC Tax Credit Scholarship or Parental Tax Credit programs?

Direct Primary Care: “Innovating Backwards”

Healthcare
April 28, 2017

What is Direct Primary Care? According to Dr. Jerome Aya-ay, a family-medicine physician with offices in Greenville, Spartanburg and Columbia, Direct Primary Care (DPC) is very simple: “It is a relationship between a patient and their physician.” For a flat, monthly fee (often called membership dues), patients receive preventative and diagnostic medical care. Unlike some