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Opinion: Bill is the wrong path for SC to take to energy security

The State April 1, 2024 Opinion: Bill is the wrong path for SC to take to energy security By Frank Knapp Jr. The dire warning from South Carolina’s public utilities is that the state is in peril — a much bigger energy supply is needed soon to service growth in population and industry. Regardless of […]

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SC House advances controversial energy reform bill; fight anticipated in Senate

Post and Courier March 27, 2024 By Nick Reynolds COLUMBIA — Kicking off debate on a sweeping energy policy reform bill that lawmakers have painted as a solution to the state’s looming energy crisis, Belton Republican Rep. Jay West — one of the bill’s principal architects — talked his colleagues in the state House of Representatives through

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Small businesses are not supporting SC Energy Security Act in the House

For Immediate Release March 27, 2024 Below is a statement of Frank Knapp Jr., president, CEO and co-founder of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, regarding House Bill 5118, the South Carolina Energy Security Act, which is on the SC House calendar. —————————————————————————————————————— Yesterday I read a story about the SC Chamber of

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Press Release: Duke Rate Hike Challenged by SC Small Business Chamber

For Immediate Release March 12, 2024 Duke Rate Hike Challenged by SC Small Business Chamber Columbia, SC—Electric rates for Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) customers would increase in 2024 and 2026 resulting in 17.5% (residential) and 11.9% (general service) higher rates if approved by the SC Public Service Commission (PSC).  DEC has approximately 658,000 customers in

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SC groups protest Duke Energy request to exponentially raise rates in the Upstate

Post and Courier March 6, 2024 By Conor Hughes Consumer and business groups are protesting Duke Energy’s plans to exponentially raise power rates for Upstate customers, saying the increase is too burdensome and that South Carolina ratepayers are being asked to foot the bill for out of state expenses. The utility said the increase, delayed

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Southern Lawmakers Rethink Long-Standing Opposition to Medicaid Expansion

KFF Health News, February 16, 2024 CBS News, February 16, 2024 US News & World Report, February 18, 2024 The Moultrie Observer, March 3, 2024 By Daniel Chang and Andy Miller Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became

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Democracy Most Urgent Issue Facing America

Quinnipiac University national poll of registered voters January 31, 2024 MOST URGENT ISSUE Given a list of 10 issues and asked which is the most urgent one facing the country today, 24 percent of voters say preserving democracy in the United States, 20 percent say the economy, and 20 percent say immigration. There are wide

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Conservative groups bash effort to allow ranked-choice voting

Post & Courier January 26, 2024 By Nick Reynolds COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers are considering bipartisan legislation to allow municipalities the option to adopt a ranked-choice “instant runoff” system to elect some local offices amid concerns over high-cost, low-turnout runoff elections some communities face each year. The bill, sponsored by Columbia Democratic Rep. Jermaine Johnson and Easley

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State and National Organizations to Rally at Statehouse for Municipal Election System Choice

Better Ballot SC, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Principles First, FairVote, Country First, Rank The Vote, Veterans For All Voters, Braver Angels Soda City Alliance, Business for Democracy   Media Advisory January 19, 2024 Contact Frank Knapp, 803-600-6874, fknapp@scsbc.org Who: Better Ballot SC, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Principles First, FairVote, Country First,

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SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports Senate Bill 855

January 9, 2024 The Honorable Tom Davis, Chairman SC Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee 203 Gressette Building Columbia, SC  29201 Re: Senate Bill 855 Dear Senator Davis, The SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports Senate Bill 855. The bill calls for the creation of the Healthcare Market Reform Measures Study Committee to “study whether to

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