Category Archives: Economy

Look at the Net Effect of Economic Development Investments

We have been watching the City of Columbia’s decision-making on the Bull Street Neighborhood Development, the sale and development of the SC Department of Mental Health properties.  A significant piece of the sales pitch for that is an analysis prepared … Continue reading

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Does Building a Public Ballpark Make Sense for Columbia?

The City of Columbia’s proposed Development Agreement: Bull Street Neighborhood with Greenville’s Hughes Development Corporation includes an effort to build a new baseball stadium in order to attract a minor league club to Columbia. The City commits (at p. 22 … Continue reading

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The Haley Budget Translated: Blame It on Obamacare

To listen to Governor Nikki Haley, a core budgetary problem facing our state is Obamacare. “Every dollar that Washington forces us to spend on a still-inefficient Medicaid program is a dollar we can’t put into our schools, into our roads … Continue reading

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Medicaid Expansion: Costs or Savings for South Carolina?

Will a Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cost South Carolina $1.085 billion or save us somewhere between $59 million and $679 million. Those are two numbers on the table as South Carolina begins a debate on whether … Continue reading

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Governor Haley’s Vetoes and Budget Policy: what seventy-four vetoes to the General Appropriations bill and seven in the Capital Reserve Fund bill mean for teachers, the arts and our oceans

The General Assembly’s failure is two-fold—they failed to produce a timely budget and,­ combined with gubernatorial vetoes issued late Thursday, have thrown school districts and at least two state agencies into uncertainty. Governor Nikki Haley’s vetoes would eliminate $10 million … Continue reading

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SC Senate on Verge of Giving State Power to Take Over Medicare

The South Carolina Senate is poised to pass legislation to authorize South Carolina to take over all federal health care programs and repeal all federal health care laws and regulations. That would end Medicare, the health care program for persons … Continue reading

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Nikki Haley and Charlotte’s Web

In articulating her economic development strategy, Nikki Haley demonstrates that she learned much more from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web than from the large body of research literature on what works in economic development.  In this children’s story, Wilbur the pig … Continue reading

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