South Carolina Policy Council

Lawmakers’ Hollywood Dreams Hurting Taxpayers: The Case Against Film Incentives

March 14, 2010

The South Carolina Policy Council released this fact sheet to examine the economic impact of the state's film incentive program.

S.C. Universities Closed to Many Public School Students

SCPC
October 22, 2009

In spite of a massive increase in K-12 expenditures during the 1990s, South Carolina’s schools rank among the worst in the country.

The Best & Worst to Come: A Review of Education Policy for 2009-2010

Simon Wong
December 7, 2009

As we review the best and worst education legislation of 2009, it’s also time to begin to consider

Higher Education in South Carolina: Cut Administrative Costs and Focus on Student Performance

Simon Wong
September 28, 2010

While South Carolinians can take pride in our state’s higher educational system, costs and tuition have skyrocketed in recent years, even as graduation rates remain below 40 percent. At the same time, South Carolina’s leading universities have been drawn away from their core mission and increasingly become conduits for the Legislature’s economic development plans. The solution is to refocus on student performance, cut administrative costs and look to innovative technology that will improve both access and affordability.

How Higher Tuition Translates into More Debt for State Universities

Simon Wong
October 12, 2010

The S.C. Budget and Control Board recently announced a moratorium halting construction at four-year public institutions that raised tuition by 7 percent or more for the 2010-2011 school year.

The moratorium applies only to institutions that raised tuition by 7 percent or more. This means it does not apply to the University of South Carolina, which raised tuition by 6.9 percent. But it does apply to Clemson, which raised tuition by 7.5 percent.

So how is tuition connected to capital building projects?

Opening closed doors: Bringing sunlight and fairness to state-driven economic development

SCPA

For years, the General Assembly has shut the door, cut deals with lobbyists and given away billions of dollars in incentives.

Opening closed doors: Bringing sunlight and fairness to state-driven economic development

SCPA

For years, the General Assembly has shut the door, cut deals with lobbyists and given away billions of dollars in incentives.

Senate Finance Committee Deletes Some of the House's Best Budget Ideas

SCPC
June 9, 2011

The Senate’s response to fiscal Sanity? Delete. The Senate is wrapping up their budget debates…So far it is $100 million more than the House version. Here’s a quick look at how the Senate Finance Committee has purged some of the House budget’s best ideas.

Budget Watch 2011 – Fiscal Sanity Alert

May 9, 2011

Legislators are almost finished with the state budget.

Games Legislators Play: Tricks, gimmicks, and fuzzy accounting in the 2011-2012 budget

SCPC
  • Using money that’s only available for one year to fund ongoing functions of government

    Legislators are taking $150 million from various earmarked/restricted funds to pay for ongoing obligations at the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services (Medicaid).

  • Using millions in “anticipated” revenue to fund pet projects
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