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This website has repeatedly argued that “higher education” – to the extent it exists in South Carolina – is not a core function of government. Yet the Palmetto State’s “Republican” leaders continue spending billions of tax dollars each year on a bloated, duplicative and corrupt higher ed system.

But hey … this ever-escalating investment in … ummmm … “education” … has done such wonders for the state’s economy, right? Right? 

Anyway, a case study in unnecessary higher education is the University of South Carolina-Upstate … like, all of it. Seriously, every time we turn around this institution is doing something shady.

The latest example? A major procurement scandal involving a board member at the school’s nonprofit foundation.

According to our sources at the school, a group of concerned citizens is investigating whether Thomas R. “Tommy” Young III – a member of the Spartanburg Commission on Higher Education and former chairman of the USC Upstate foundation – steered school contracts to his family’s office supply company in violation of the state procurement code.

How much money are we talking about?

“Millions of dollars over the past twelve years,” one source familiar with the investigation tells FITS.

FITS is filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with USC-Upstate seeking all invoices paid to Young Office Supply. And apparently we’re not the only media outlet seeking this information.

We’ll be sure to let you know what we uncover …