Latest Publications

Unwinding the Worst of Obamacare: Why Congress Must Rescind ACA’s Massive Medicaid Expansion

Executive Summary Given the focus on the disastrous launch of the Obamacare insurance Exchanges in 2013, many people […]

Medicaid by the Numbers

How much does Medicaid really cost in SC?

EPA’s Renewable Portfolio Standard: Major Expense, Minimal Return

The theme is all too familiar—Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and rules continue to drive electricity costs higher and higher.

Legislative Analysis: A Revised ECENC

Confused about the revised Education Credit for Exceptional Needs Children? We have the answers!

Funding South Carolina’s Future

As states like Michigan and Wisconsin discover the secret sauce of right-to-work, South Carolina stands to lose that current competitive advantage. In the most recent release of the Rich States, Poor States Economic Competitiveness Index, while our current performance puts us at #20, our outlook has fallen to #32, largely based on our levels of debt and uncompetitive tax structure.

Comprehensive tax reform is the single greatest next step we could take to ensure a bright outlook for South Carolina’s future. Our top marginal personal income tax rate is the highest in the Southeast. And while our corporate tax rate of 5% is one of the lowest in the nation, we exempt more corporate income than we collect, with the majority of credits accruing to larger, newer companies rather than smaller, older in-state companies. This imbalance cannot be sustained indefinitely and is not a long-term strategy for economic competitiveness.

This report outlines key features of the tax system currently in place in South Carolina and is organized by key issues affecting the impact of our various forms of taxes on the economy.

Empower Opportunity 2015

Finding the best education fit for your child can be a daunting task.

In this catalog, you’ll read the stories of families just like yours who share their journey to find the perfect place for their child. You’ll also find links to resources to learn more about each option.

Please take a minute to share this information with families you know. Knowledge is power, and working together, we can Empower Opportunity for students in every corner of the Palmetto State.

And please take a minute to visit our dedicated Empower Opportunity website at www.mysceducation.org.

Falling Unemployment – Road to Recovery or Dead End?

Late in 2014, headlines heralded the news that America’s official unemployment rate had fallen below 6% for the first time since 2008. Surely, a sign that we’re on the path to recovery, right? A closer look says “not so fast.” From 2008 to the most complete numbers we have in 2013, South Carolina’s labor participation has seen a uniform, steady decline across gender and race, aside from a 2012-2013 rebound among Hispanic workers.

SC’s Offshore Opportunity

What would offshore energy exploration mean for South Carolina in terms of potential revenue, economic development and jobs? What would it mean for our tourism industry and beautiful coast? These questions and more are explored in our groundbreaking report SC’S Offshore Opportunity: Economic & Environmental Impacts of Atlantic Energy Exploration. Learn more at www.OffshoreOpportunity.com.

Top 10 Reasons Medicaid Expansion is Bad Medicine for SC

Medicaid expansion puts the truly vulnerable at greater risk. Expansion was “paid for” by cutting $716 billion from seniors’ Medicare. And in states that have expanded Medicaid, costs are growing faster than revenue, siphoning resources away from education, infrastructure and public safety. It is also driving UP use of emergency rooms as there are proportionally fewer Medicaid providers to go around. Our handy summary lays out 10 key reasons why Medicaid expansion is “fool’s gold” – not “free money” – as proponents say.

Q&A w/ Grace Outdoor

Small businesses are the engine of economic growth in the Palmetto State. So, what’s it like to be a small business in South Carolina?

Fast Facts: Education Scholarship Accounts

No other education reform can promise the quality of learning, the preparation for the future, the flexibility to meet the individual needs of a child, and the immediacy of impact.

Other states are figuring it out…will SC?

Add Pennsylvania to the list of states which have substantively reformed their pension system. Will South Carolina follow […]

Distorting the Market, Discouraging Care

If a competitor state were to devise a plan to cripple South Carolina’s ability to deliver quality healthcare, […]

Wait…SC spends how much?

How big is the budget? What are South Carolina’s sources of revenue? Where does all this money go? Consider these charts.

Research and Writing: ESAs

Education choice is a cornerstone issue of Palmetto Promise Institute. Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their […]

New Budget boosts SC’s only Private Education Choice Program

There is good news for South Carolina’s only private school choice program.

Education is a State Issue…Keep It That Way

Palmetto Promise Institute is shaping the national debate on education. As part of a coalition of state and […]

PPI Champions State Role in Education Choice Initiatives in Joint Letter to DeVos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2017 PALMETTO PROMISE INSTITUTE CHAMPIONS STATE ROLE IN EDUCATION CHOICE INITIATIVES IN JOINT […]


Energy In the News

Renewed Interest in Offshore Opportunity

Last March, The Obama Administration rejected offshore opportunity. Instead of allowing seismic mapping and possible energy production along […]

EPA’s Sea-Monster-Sized Mandates

For the sake of the states’ budgets and competitive federalism, it’s time for Congress and the states to say “no more” to sea-monster-sized, bureaucratic mandates.

Don’t Short-Circuit The Energy Debate

When it comes to the Left’s ideas on environmental regulations and renewable energy, the sky is the limit.