MORE S.C. TAX MONEY IS “GONE BABY, GONE”
One of the greatest scams in South Carolina history stems the unfounded belief that the Palmetto State’s institutions of higher learning ought to be playing a lead role in “economic development.”
They shouldn’t … as the spectacularly failed Innovista (a.k.a. “Inept-O-Vista”) boondoggle demonstrates.
The brainchild of S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell and University of [...]
SCHOOL’S “RE-BRANDING MANAGER” DEPARTING
The University of South Carolina’s top communications staffer – who was paid more than half a million dollars (not counting benefits) over the past two-and-a-half years – is leaving the school for the Left Coast. There she will take another six-figure job at another left-leaning taxpayer-funded institution of higher learning.
USC vice president [...]
AT LEAST $50 MILLION OF RICHLAND COUNTY’S PROPOSED SALES TAX HEADED TOWARD NOTORIOUS BOONDOGGLE
Last month, this website reported that some of the proceeds from a proposed sales tax increase in Richland County, S.C. were scheduled to flow into “Innovista” – the failed command economic development boondoggle championed by S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, University of [...]
SOUTH CAROLINA’S “ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT” LEADERS CAN’T STOP MAKING STUPID VIDEOS
What is it with big government boondogglers in South Carolina and their need to produce increasingly ridiculous and embarrassing self-promotional videos? Did we miss the memo that said the key to creating jobs in this state was giving our elected officials and appointed bureaucrats more money [...]
NOTORIOUS BOONDOGGLE TO RECEIVE $50 MILLION FROM PROPOSED TAX HIKE?
We haven’t been following the particulars of the latest debate over the “penny sales tax” for Richland County, S.C., but the history of this scam is a perfect case study for how local government screws over taxpayers in the so-called “reddest state in America.”
All with the [...]
To hear the mainstream media tell it, South Carolina’s budget for the current fiscal year is roughly $5.5 billion.
The only problem? The scribes in the legacy press don’t count the $8.5 billion in federal money appropriated to our various state agencies – or the $8.1 billion in “other funds” that’s collected in various forms/ fashions [...]
A former University of South Carolina accountant was sentenced to ninety days in jail on Wednesday after acknowledging that he defrauded the school out of $180,000.
Lawrence Godwin III, 35, of Camden, S.C. stole the money to purchase heroin, according to WYFF TV 4 (NBC – Greenville, S.C.).
While it’s tempting for taxpayers to be pissed off [...]
The University of South Carolina will approve a 3.9 percent tuition hike for the coming academic year, sources tell FITS. The news comes just two months after the school doled out $2.7 million of its record-setting 2010-11 budget on pay raises for its top employees.
USC approved a 6.9 percent hike a year ago. Prior to [...]
Recent developments with Amazon and Boeing have compelled us to speak more clearly regarding our view on taxpayer-funded incentives – and the broader debate surrounding government-run “economic development” efforts.
Do we believe that such deals are good for our state? Or do they impose burdens on taxpayers and existing businesses that outweigh the economic benefits they [...]
The biggest, costliest and most notorious boondoggle in the history of the University of South Carolina is drawing criticism from a candidate for student body president.
James Strickland, who is running for USC’s top student government post, blasts the “Innovista” boondoggle on his campaign website by linking this failed government-run economic development project to USC’s skyrocketing [...]
We’ve bashed the crap out of reporter Wayne Washington of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper on several occasions in the past … and deservedly so.
He and his paper have been textbook enablers of our South Carolina’s totally out-of-control public research universities, which continue to waste exorbitant sums of taxpayer money as they creep further away [...]