Residential property taxes, a reader told me this week, “have the capacity to destroy families and communities in one fell swoop” because they “are based on what you could sell the house for, but you have not yet realized that gain.” It's a favorite complaint, but it's no longer true, thanks to Act 388, which stripped the fairness from the SC property tax system.
A national ranking shows South Carolina homeowners pay the 6th-lowest property taxes in the nation, a fact that provides useful context as the Legislature attempts to adopt a new funding formula for schools, and school advocates push for the repeal of Act 388's exemption on school operating taxes for owner-occupied houses.
Imagine the Legislature passed a law that said USC can only recruit football players who are South Carolinians, but Clemson can still recruit …
The SC Legislature loves to prohibit cities and counties from protecting their communities, with such laws as the the pig-farm-ban ban and the billboard-ban ban and an indoor-smoking-ban ban. And of course the gun-ban ban. Or, more accurately, the ban on cities and counties imposing even the most modest restrictions on guns.
Do we really even need school boards? It’s not a question that’s come up in the Legislature, where lawmakers seem to just assume that of course we need school boards. After all, we’ve always had them.
We’ve talked a lot this year about reforms we need to make so S.C. schools provide a decent education to all kids. And they’re essential. But …
Given the hyper-charged efforts by prominent politicians, special-interest groups and social-media trolls to undermine the credibility of journalists, it seemed like a good opportunity to talk about the people in our community who make sure you have the information you need before, during and after the storm.
U.S. Sen Lindsey Graham dropped by The Post and Courier to meet with our editorial staff.
Gov. Henry McMaster was explaining how tough it’ll be to find someone to run the S.C. Office on Aging since the Senate torpedoed his friend St…
The son-in-law of S.C. Senate powerhouse Hugh Leatherman was back in the news this week, first receiving house arrest and probation for obstructing a federal investigation and then – you just can’t make this stuff up – being arrested for soliciting prostitution.