87 state representatives voted to table a clean repeal of the Base Load Review Act. This amendment would have prevented a similar debacle from happening in the future. The Base Load Review Act, passed in 2007, allowed utilities to charge customers billions for two now failed reactors. Now, 10 years later, energy consumers have seen their rates skyrocket and both SCE&G and Santee Cooper have pulled out of the project.
On May 10, 2017 the SC House of Representatives overrode Governor McMaster’s veto of the gas tax increase. This massive tax hike increases the taxes and fees on South Carolinian’s by hundreds of dollars a year and does not guarantee our roads will be repaired. The legislators, listed below, that voted to override the veto did so saying that they, “had fixed the roads” and accomplished, “real reform at the Department
A bill that would have slightly reformed the process to nominate and elect judges was sent back to committee (or recommitted) because amendments that would have truly reformed the process were about to be discussed. House members did not want to be on the record as voting against these amendments so instead the bill was recommitted, effectively killing it for the year. It is unfortunate that Representative’s were so adverse
The House of Representatives voted to raise the gas tax in South Carolina by ten cents a gallon, raise the sales tax on vehicles and nearly double the registration fees for cars. There were no tax “off-sets” included in the Houses version of the gas tax bill, amounting to a straight tax hike of hundreds of millions of dollars a year on South Carolinians. Supporters of this bill claimed that the money