legislation

Workers’ compensation insurance needs more work

More of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce state legislative agenda: Our successful efforts on workers’ compensation have led to stabilization and even a reduction in rates in South Carolina.  Whether it is our legislative victories in re-regulating the workers’ compensation insurance companies or our significant Administrative Law…

Challenging the U.S. Chamber

The nonprofit, membership-driven South Carolina Small Business Chamber will officially be supporting an IRS complaint against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We, along with other business organizations, are questioning potential violations of exemptions under the federal tax law in the U.S. Chamber’s conduct of lobbying and campaign funding. More on…

Small Business & the Next Governor

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) today released an assessment of the three candidates running for Governor—Rep. Nikki Haley, Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Dr. Morgan Reeves. The assessment was based both on specific critical legislative votes and a questionnaire sent to each candidate on July 7, 2010.…

How SCE&G Rate Hike Was Cut Nearly in Half

The Saluda Dam On Wednesday, the S.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) approved an electric rate hike for SCE&G that was 48.75% less than the company’s request. The 4.88% increase instead of a 9.52% hike was good news for all SCE&G customers, including small businesses. The increase will take place over…

Workers’ Comp Rates to Drop Big

Where was that headline 11 days ago?  On June 10th, the S.C. Department of Insurance put out a media advisory saying that its Director, Scott Richardson, had approved an overall 9.8% decrease in worker’s compensation insurance rates (technically the cut was to something called “Loss Costs in the Voluntary Market”…

The Mainstream Media’s Epic Fail: Alvin Greene and the 2010 Primary

“I think the ultimate story that…should come out here is this is a major failure on the part of the media.”  – Dan Cook, Editor, Free Times, Columbia SC, in radio interview on U Need 2 Know, WOIC (1230 AM,) June 17, 2010.  Dan nailed it.  He was talking about…

Governor’s Small Biz Veto Overridden

First, the good news: The House in action, Courtesy SCETV Overridden! The House voted Wednesday to override Governor Sanford’s Veto #14 of the Small Business Development Center’s budget and the Senate followed suit today. The small businesses of this state greatly appreciate the House and Senate votes and send special…