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Wealthier, more connected counties get big road projects

March 27, 2017


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Bank spending in well-worn groove Billions of dollars flow through South Carolina every year, to contractors and others, for roads and other infrastructure projects. The money comes from three pots, essentially: funds sent from the General Assembly through the state Department of Transportation; federal dollars channeled through SCDOT; and money, usually borrowed, […]

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Fresh ammo arrives for gas-tax advocates

March 22, 2017


road construction ahead

By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ   Construction advocates bring convenient report Another player emerged yesterday in the debate on a gas-tax increase: TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit transportation research organization. The group released a report detailing ways in which South Carolina motorists lose $5.4 billion a year, as much as $1,850 per driver, it maintains, due to roads […]

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Are the roads really crumbling?

March 16, 2017


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Some data say SC’s, like the nation’s, aren’t that bad “The state’s crumbling road system” — that phrase and its variants seem to be uttered almost nonstop in South Carolina as the General Assembly mulls the latest gas-tax increase legislation. South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall has been outspoken, saying […]

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A fifth of all state money goes to vendors – here are the top 10

March 6, 2017


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ $57 million spent on Bank of America cards Vendors made billions of dollars selling goods and services to the state of South Carolina last year, according to data compiled by the comptroller general’s office — about $5 billion in all. That’s roughly one-fifth of all state appropriations. Leading the list: Blue Cross […]

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DOT funds flow to roads alliance

March 1, 2017


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Some seeking tax hike get hundreds of millions Since 2014, at least eight members of a nonprofit pushing for an increase in the state’s gas tax collectively have received more than $451 million from the state Department of Transportation, records show. The money was paid to contractors who are members of the […]

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Bill would pierce right-to-work

February 23, 2017


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Docs could be made to join advocacy group Manufacturers such as Boeing are said to be drawn to South Carolina because it’s a right-to-work state, something state political leaders tout. It’s spelled out in state law: “The right of persons to work must not be denied or abridged because of membership or non-membership in a labor […]

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State overpaid millions to schools

February 15, 2017


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Superintendent not sure how money can be recovered The Department of Education has been giving schools millions of dollars in excess of what they were supposed to receive. Education Oversight Committee staffer Bunnie Ward was speaking before the full committee in Columbia Monday when she said there were “discrepancies” between enrollment and […]

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We’re rolling in dough!

January 24, 2017


BY ELISABETH PARKER Where is it? In those ‘carry-forwards’ Every year around this time, state agencies go to the legislature and present their budgets. Legislators inquire about additional requested funds, new programs, and even issues with the agencies. One thing they don’t often ask: How much do you have left over from what we gave […]

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The Nerve’s Best of 2016

December 21, 2016


We’ve got naughty covered The Nerve began the year with a closer look at some of the numbers bandied about by very interested parties when it came to the cost of fixing the state’s roads as well as revenue from a proposed gas tax increase — a subject that’s destined to rear its splendiferous head […]

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It’s not just Merrill

December 16, 2016


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ One lawmaker gets indicted while many do just fine The sweeping indictments of Representative Jim Merrill announced late Wednesday gave proponents of reform something to cheer about. But if they’re diligent, the game has only just begun. Merrill, the former majority leader, is charged with two counts of misconduct in office and […]

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