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South Carolina’s MSM Ignoring Secret $1.6 Billion Tax

LIBERAL RAG “MAY GET AROUND TO IT” So … in case you missed, it this website blew the whistle earlier this week on a secret $1.6 billion tax hike that’s been levied for decades on all insurance policies issued in the Palmetto State. Actually, $1.6 billion is just the last…

LIBERAL RAG “MAY GET AROUND TO IT”

So … in case you missed, it this website blew the whistle earlier this week on a secret $1.6 billion tax hike that’s been levied for decades on all insurance policies issued in the Palmetto State.

Actually, $1.6 billion is just the last fifteen years of the fleecing … this scam goes all the way back to the 1930s.

Anyway, you’d think South Carolina’s mainstream media would be all over this story – especially seeing as we accompanied it with hard documents outlining the specific amounts of graft involved.  Oh, and seeing as those documents were presented publicly at a city of Columbia, S.C. council meeting this week – one attended by mainstream media reporters (including one from the liberal Columbia, S.C. State newspaper).

Despite all that, there’s no story up on The State … 

In fact the paper is reportedly still deciding whether it even wants to cover the heist … 

Unbelievable.

According to our sources, the paper’s city government reporter “wants to do a story” on the hidden tax but said it would probably take up to three days because of “the depth of the issue.”

Really?  We researched, conducted interviews and wrote our piece in about forty minutes.

And nailed it.

The State?  According to our sources, they “may get around to it” before Thanksgiving.

What a joke …

We know the mainstream media in the Palmetto State likes to keep citizens in the dark about how our money is collected and spent, but this is ridiculous.  This is a scam that’s costing our dirt poor citizens tens of millions of dollars a year – at a time when they can least afford it.

Isn’t that something the people should know about?

We think so … which is why we’re going to keep reporting on it, and keep calling out those who won’t.

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25 comments

vicupstate October 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Read my comment on the original story and you will understand why it is not a ‘story’.

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Will Folks aka Sic October 21, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I read your comment. And while I appreciate your faith in the efficiency with which a certain special interest collects this tax, it doesn’t change the fact the fleecing is taking place.

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just sayin October 21, 2015 at 1:06 pm

vicupstate was 0-11 in Senate races in 2014 even picking Kasich to lose to Fitzgerald in Ohio.I wouldn’t let your feelings be hurt.

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just sayin October 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Kasich was of course a governor’s race.

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Sandi Vagina October 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Do you just write this stuff down in a notepad or something? You have some serious issues mate.

just a fact October 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

I recall what all the losers on Fits spew.So many lies it can be tough but I got a good memory.

vicupstate October 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm

I guess you don’t know the difference between a prediction and a statement of fact.

Actually I was correct on NH, and I NEVER said Kasich would lose to Fitzgerald. You were INCORRECT when you predicted President Bachman, President Perry, President Cain, President Gingrich, President Santorum and President Romney.

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vic lies October 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Sorry vicupchuck i wasnt on fitsnews in 2012.Man you liberals lie.

vicupstate October 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Maybe not as vic lies but as Grand Tango/Flip/Sandi Morals, or one of your other account names.

vicupstate October 21, 2015 at 2:13 pm

It is no different than a business license. It is no different than a sales tax either in effect. It has been law since the ’30’s.

Why don’t you do a story on the ‘fleecing’ involved with the tax on beer. Most people don’t know about that one either.

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beer lovers October 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

I had to google that since we buy a lot of beer. Holy Crap 43% of what I pay for a six pack are taxes??? Then I pay state and local sales tax on top of that?

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Jackie Chiles October 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm

So do the taxes go to fund municipal governments?

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Sic Semper Tyrannis October 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm

They go to help and enrich the tax collection operations.

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Superfly October 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Yes.

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TSIB October 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Sic is against diverting public money to private entities except when he’s for it (cough SCHOOL VOUCHERS)

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Guest October 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm

How much are the individuals in question making off this? If they have taken in $47 million in fees over 15 years, that’s about $3 million per year going to this organization. How many people are splitting this up?

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Richard Gozinya October 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Check into the Local Government Fund. Similar situation where counties and cities were collecting a range of taxes at a range of rates on businesses that operated across the state. The state legislature “offered to help in the collection and disbursement” of the taxes on behalf of the localities. Thus was created the Local Government Fund around the same time that this insurance tax system was created. The primary difference between the two? The Local Government Fund no longer goes to the local government, it goes to the state and the “promises” go to the locals. At least this money is going to the locals.

Whether all of the different locals should exist to get the check every year is another question.

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Timothy October 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm

The reason they’re not jumping on it is because this is a (very, very, VERY thin) campaign ploy from Cameron Runyan.

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Superfly October 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Sorry, no Pulitzer to be awarded here. This is not a secret tax. Municipalities must adopt the tax by ordinance, 2 votes, etc. Twenty years ago I worked for a municipality, and the tax on insurance policies written on property located within the municipal boundaries was part of our business license ordinance. We then received checks from hundreds of insurance companies from across the country that had policies in our town. During my first year there, staff sent to Council a Resolution to authorize our Town to participate in the MASC collection program, which had the staff to pursue all companies writing insurance policies in cities and towns, based on information provided by the SC DOI, coded by municipality.

It’s long been one of the funding sources of municipalities, nothing nefarious or a new tax. For municipalities starved by state government caps on millage rate increases, caps on increase in valuation of real property, meanwhile mandated by the state and federal governments to provide certain services, the MASC program has been very beneficial for cities providing services to their constituents. It also provided a level of fairness, in that every company writing insurance (doing business) within the town limits, as opposed to those voluntarily reporting and paying. Every business pays a business license, and the insurance fee is paid on lieu of an additional business license, only rated on what business each insurance company conducts inside the city/town. This has been part of all municipal budgets for decades and decades. Guess what, you pay a tax on business personal property too. And banks are exempt from municipal licenses, fees, and etc. All sorts of taxes, fees, exemptions, and etc., are part of the Home Rule Act.

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There's never enough taxes October 21, 2015 at 7:38 pm

” And banks are exempt from municipal licenses, fees, and etc.”

I should have figured.

” All sorts of taxes, fees, exemptions, and etc., are part of the Home Rule Act.”

I guess the pols couldn’t be honest and call it the “Home Tax Act” eh?

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Krazy Kat October 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm

We have a media–like with reporters and stuff? Who knew?

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Lap dog, not watch dog media October 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm

They don’t get interviews with pols unless they can be counted on for meaningless fluff pieces, which is what most of them do because otherwise they get no story and have no job.

It hasn’t been “watchdog media” for a long time…and even then it’s been a dubious historical claim…oft repeated in high school level history classes but never seriously examined.

John Adams jailed reports for in essence calling him fat and annoying, Lincoln jailed reporters for suggesting that war with the South wasn’t necessary, & you can bet your ass if our glorious government ever got their hands on Assange they’d jail him too.

At least back in Adams & Lincoln’s day those jailed eventually got out, you can bet that’d never happen to Assange.

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sparklecity October 21, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Another top notch inside news scoop from “FITS”…..
Just like the one announcing the dam was about to break on the Lyman PCB scandal about 6 months ago…============Not a fucking word since then
Rumor mill for “FITS” = meter pegged at 100%
Credibility meter reading for “FITS” = 35% on the meter and decreasing……………..

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HD October 22, 2015 at 7:06 am

Just because you didn’t know about it doesn’t make it hidden or secret. By your own account, it, or a version of it, has been around for 80 some years. Make the argument that the tax shouldn’t exist. Asserting, contrary to the clear facts, that there is some secret scandal afoot is foolishness.

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Mark October 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

“Hiding in plaine site” comes to mind.

It is a bad practice and ought to be stopped.

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