Details of South Carolina’s New Education Scholarship Account Program (Act 8 of 2023)

Blog · May 30, 2023

After nearly eight years of hard work by Palmetto Promise Institute and many others, South Carolina has a brand new education freedom program on the way! Education Scholarship Trust Fund scholarships will be awarded beginning with the 2024-25 school year. Here are some of the key details: *The official name of the South Carolina program

Introducing Fiscal Facts 2023

Tax & Budget
Blog · March 2, 2023

Earlier this year, Palmetto Promise Institute published our Palmetto Freedom Agenda, 23 policies to make South Carolina an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. Today I am pleased to deliver to you a “beta” edition of Fiscal Facts 2023: Data to Support the Palmetto Promise Freedom Agenda. This publication is chock-full

20 Election Reforms SC Needs Now

Blog · September 3, 2021

Palmetto Promise Institute is launching our Election Integrity Project. For this essential effort, we have reviewed proposals from top national election lawyers, constitutional scholars, and many other states to develop a list of what we consider the Top 20 most urgent and common-sense changes needed to our existing statutes.

Fast Facts: South Carolina’s Anti-Competitive Certificate of Need (CON) Laws

Fast Facts · May 11, 2021

Download this report.  Since 1971, South Carolina has been among the states that have restricted supply of healthcare services through Certificate of Need, or CON, laws. Rather than market demand determining the supply, under CON laws, clinicians and medical facilities must seek approval from the state before purchasing or expanding services they provide to patients.

Common Questions about Education Scholarship Accounts

Fast Facts · February 23, 2021

Key leaders in the South Carolina General Assembly have filed legislation that, if passed, would create “Education Scholarship Accounts” (ESAs) for South Carolina students. ESAs are online-based accounts funded with state grants that can be used to pay a wide variety of educational expenses for a student who is eligible for the grants. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about ESAs.

Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) 101

Fast Facts · February 23, 2021

Across the nation, an innovation known as Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) is enjoying strong, bipartisan, legislative, parental, and taxpayer support. Why? Because with ESAs, a basic principle of fairness and freedom is achieved: state-appropriated education dollars follow the child. With that aspiration fulfilled, every child, but especially the most vulnerable, can finally receive the customized education they need to reach their full potential.