More “Pay To Say” Press For SC

Stop the presses …. According to a news release from the S.C. Department of Commerce, the Palmetto State has “tied for a second place ranking among the top states for key site selection criteria.” Wait … site selection? For those of you unfamiliar with the term that’s “economic development”-speak for…

Stop the presses ….

According to a news release from the S.C. Department of Commerce, the Palmetto State has “tied for a second place ranking among the top states for key site selection criteria.”

Wait … site selection? For those of you unfamiliar with the term that’s “economic development”-speak for having a lot of available physical locations for businesses to locate (which come to think of it could be viewed as a bad thing if you stop and think about it). Anyway, the only state that beat us in this survey? Georgia … which isn’t surprising given everything our governor Nikki Haley has done for them.

Of course when you dig a little deeper into the source of this “ranking,” our state’s esteemed status comes into a bit clearer perspective. According to the Commerce Department press release, Area Development magazine “surveyed a select group of site consultants who work with a nationwide client base and are hired by corporations to scout locations that meet a company’s investment requirements.”

Wait … Area Development magazine. What’s that?

Glad you asked. It’s one of the publications Commerce (i.e. the taxpayers) paid a combined $170,000 last year.

The others? Trade & Industry DevelopmentBusiness FacilitiesSite SelectionChief Executive and Southern Business & Development.

So yeah … that nice No. 2 national ranking?

You paid for it …

In addition to these investments in “pay to say” media, Haley’s Commerce Department used at least $500,000 in tax dollars to help secure a new rental tenant for The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper – which owns a half-empty building in an unincorporated section of Richland County. The paper’s publisher, Henry Haitz, has repeatedly declined to discuss how much money his paper stands to make off of the deal.

As we’ve stated repeatedly, South Carolina’s command economic approach to creating jobs – championed by Haley – has failed our state miserably. And things are getting worse, not better.

A report released earlier this year ranked South Carolina as one of the worst states in America try and make a living. Other recent reports showed the Palmetto State as having a terrible business tax climate as well as zero upward mobility for its citizens. Meanwhile our labor participation rate is hovering at record lows.

And while Haley has done a fine job growing government, she’s failed miserably to expand employment in the private sector.

According to a report released earlier this summer, Haley ranked 34th out of 45 governors surveyed when it comes to private sector job creation (five governors were not ranked because they entered office in 2013).

And one of those unranked governors – North Carolina’s Pat McCrory – just leapfrogged Haley in a big way.

Oh well “it’s a great day in South Carolina …” if you pay people to say it is, anyway.

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jimlewisowb September 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I miss the days of if you scratch my back, I will scratch your back

Now it is I will suck your dick if you will lick my pussy

? September 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Well, at least we can count on someone giving someone else deserving the clap now.

CNSYD September 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

“she’s failed miserably to expand employment in the private sector.” Sic Willie has told us over and over that this is not a core function of government. Now he chastises Haley for not doing it.

RHood2 September 10, 2013 at 8:16 am

The two are not necessaily incompatible. It is obvious she doesn’t do shat he wants. She has chosen to bill herself as Anerica’s Jobs Gov. So he can say she shouldn’t be focusing on what she is focusing on, and in addition, she is crappy at it.

Compliments of a fiend September 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I had to go back and re-read the lede. I could have sworn you wrote S.C. Department of Corrections.

Poor V. September 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I missed the part of Commerce securing a tenant for the State Newspaper. That Ist be why she gets softball coverage.
Poor Vincent. He does not cpstand aa chance against someone that spends all day looking for ways to spend tax dollars to support political ambitions.

vicupstate September 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

How much, if any, did the other states pay to the magazine?

Hi, I'm Nikki September 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

You want fries with that?

Jean Anne Lewis September 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

Vote Smart. Vote Blue In 2014.

The Colonel September 10, 2013 at 2:45 am

Who is the Blue you speak of? He/she is not listed in any candidate guide I’ve seen.

? September 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

That’s because she’s referring to his first name only.

On the ballot, she will be listed as “Blue Balls” because of unfulfilled promises & cock teasing behaviors.

Philip Branton September 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

Here is a fine piece of “Pay to Say” press that Mr. Wil Folks could have added to this article to offer readers a blatant example.

Just look how the vague article is written. Heck, why would Wil FOlks not write a follow up concerning this article if you sit and think about it. Does he not have a clue how much tax revenue is at stake that no other press is reporting on? Maybe Wil is a “pay for say” press junkie too.?

He wants to bash the Haley administration about the spending at the Commerce Department but yet FAIL to offer an example to his readers that they can used to understand the type of commerce that generates energy tax revenue?

Heck, does Wil not remember how many BLACK Citizens were at the last Wind Conference at the Baruch Institute ……..does he even make hay out of the fact of what the press reported then? “Fitz-NO”…!!

Wil Folks wants to sit around with Amy Lazenby and bloviate about our Syrian “assault” but yet FAIL to even mention how much blood has been shed for OIL compared to WIND Turbines..?? My Backside….!!!

Wil can’t help feeling dejected because the Gamecocks came up short in a football GAME but yet he is “laz-e-faire” about winning an energy WAR being fought in the Middle EAST that impacts every facet of his life..? GEaaz…!

COme on Wil Folks……your better than this, my children are rooting for U…!

Philip Branton September 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

Just look at this article Wil Folks and Amy Lazenby………

…I DARE you both to read it…!!

“…. Syria “jitters” may have spilled over to consumer markets but at least one scenario sees high tides receding because there are no real physical oil supplies at risk in Syria….”

It blatantly says that there are no OIL supplies at risk……a BOLD faced deceptive ploy.

Anyone with a Google Map can draw a line to get oil pipelines out of the hands of PUTIN..!!

Everyone needs to understand “Kurdish Tribal” history and the leveraging tactics that brings to “free” markets..!!

Wil Folks ….get busy….!!!

Philip Branton September 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

Just take a look at this conference schedule…..!!

Just look at the speakers…!!

Do any of them have MILITARY and Homeland Security perspective to relay to these fine attendees..?? …or Mayor Riley or Mayor Summey…??

My Back side….!!!!

Philip Branton September 10, 2013 at 10:42 am

Hmm……the Gigawatt Conference Sponsors also…..


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