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The South Carolina Club for Growth urges all Senators to support transparency and accountability in H. 3945, the Commission on Ethics Enforcement and Disclosure.

Since last year, the Senate has been considering H. 3945. In one year, a Senator left office under scrutiny, and multiple House members have been under investigation. It is clear that South Carolinians deserve meaningful reform.

This bill is a rare chance to change a system where legislators are police other legislators, and income sources are not disclosed.

Sadly, a bill meant to bring about sunlight has been discussed in the dark. There have been numerous closed-door meetings on this bill where taxpayers don’t know what was said or done.

We encourage Senators to vote to disclose all sources of income, not just some income, or income from certain sources.

The self-policing ethics process needs to end. The current makeup of the South Carolina Ethics Commission is well equipped to watch over the legislature. We saw legislators try and hide behind South Carolina’s Constitution during on the record voting, and we are seeing it again today.  

Today is a great opportunity for those Senators who campaigned on accountability to show they are serious about the promises they made.

Ethics reform has been a focus of the South Carolina Club for Growth since our founding. Votes from this year’s budget veto message will be a part of the SC Club for Growth’s 2014 Scorecard.

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The South Carolina Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote “NO” on any motion to override Governor Haley’s budget vetoes.

The Senate has the opportunity to sustain 53 budget vetoes which total up to over $91 million. Every reasonable Senator should be willing to sustain these vetoes.  

Yesterday, the House sustained $3.7 million in budget vetoes. This meager number could have doubled but certain members changed their minds on the second vote for some vetoes. For a body with a majority of Republicans there is a staggering amount of waste, pork and earmarks that went untouched.

We hope the Senate will choose to finish the job that the House started. From onetime money for reoccurring expenses (vetoes 21 and 22), pet projects (vetoes 31, 61-64, 70), and irresponsible budgeting (vetoes 69 and 70) there is still a lot of work to be done.

Today is a great opportunity for those Senators who campaigned on fiscal responsibility to show they are serious about the promises they made.

Responsible spending has been a focus of the South Carolina Club for Growth since our founding. Votes from this year’s budget veto message will be a part of the SC Club for Growth’s 2013 Scorecard.

The South Carolina Club for Growth urges all Representatives to vote “NO” on any motion to override Governor Haley’s budget vetoes.

The roughly $100 million in budget vetoes represents less than one-half of one percent of the total budget. Every reasonable legislator should be willing to sustain these vetoes.

Year after year legislators try to put pet projects, political favors and pork in the budget hoping that the taxpayers will foot the bill. Unfortunately, this year is no different. From money that would go to a House member’s nonprofit (Veto 41), to lighting for an athletic field (Veto 64), to a very successful festival (Veto 60), visitor centers and a boat ramp – pork is alive and well in the budget.

Sadly, the irresponsible budgeting does not stop there. Veto 21 highlights the practice of using non-reoccurring money in the General Fund budget. There is no guarantee that this $50 million will be available next year and to use it for reoccurring programs is reckless.

Responsible spending has been a focus of the South Carolina Club for Growth since our founding. Votes from this year’s budget veto message will be a part of the SC Club for Growth’s 2013 Scorecard.

 

The South Carolina Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote “YES” on any budget amendment that would bring school choice to South Carolina.

If the Senate can find $3.4 million dollars to expand pre-kindergarten, an Obama education program, finding money to give parents a choice about their child’s education should not be a problem.

For too long South Carolina has ranked at the bottom of the US for education. School choice is a simple, affordable and proven program that gives parents choices about where to send their children for an effective education.

Improving South Carolina’s education system has been a focus of the South Carolina Club for Growth since our founding. Any votes on school choice amendments will be considered for the SC Club for Growth’s 2013 Scorecard.

 

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