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Small business leader says health care reform is good for SC

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The president of the South Carolina Small Business Association says there are a lot of misconceptions about health care reform and what it means for small businesses. “You’re going to have tax credits available for health insurance from small businesses for the first time ever,” said association President Frank Knapp. “This […]

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S.C. losing billions by failing to raise cigarette tax

Published in Columbia Regional Business Report State and local advocates for an increase to the state’s cigarette tax say the Legislature’s failure to increase the tax, currently at 7 cents a pack, has cost South Carolina more than $3 billion in matching federal Medicaid dollars. Numerous proposals to increase the state’s cigarette tax have been

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Turning Up The Pressure on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By Josh Nelson | Huffington Post October 12, 2009 In addition to these newer campaigns, some small businesses have dealt with the U.S. Chamber’s extremism in more creative ways. The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce offers an alternative for small businesses that want to be part of a business association but don’t agree

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Small businesses can’t compete with insurance costs

By Ashley Fletcher Frampton, Charleston Regional Business Journal For Pat Thompson, offering health insurance to employees of her Columbia-based medical billing company isn’t a nicety — it’s a must. “We’ve learned through years of experience that if you hire the right people, you’ll be successful,” she said. “But to hire the right people, you have

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Small Businesses come out against DeMint posturing, Chamber says senator offers nothing for employers

By Greg Hambrick | Charleston City Paper Sen. Jim DeMint has lost his base. In the past few weeks, the Republican from South Carolina has railed against Democratic healthcare reform and the “Cash for Clunkers” vehicle incentive as anti-small business. Now comes word that some South Carolina small businesses are anti-DeMint. The S.C. Small Business

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Health care: Some harbor misconceptions about reform

By Frank Knapp Jr., Spartanburg Herald-Journal As the shape of national health care reform becomes clearer, it is important to revisit some objections leveled against the effort in the past, as the Herald-Journal did in a June 11 editorial. First, the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce believes that we need national reform to make

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Advocates get together to talk health-care reform, Greenville event addresses ‘myths, lies’ such as euthanasia rumor

By Liv Osby, The Greenville News A broad-based coalition of advocacy groups visited Greenville on Thursday to counter what members call misinformation about health-care reform. “We’re doing this to try to dispel some of the myths, distortions and outright lies being presented,” said Jane Wiley, director of South Carolina AARP. For instance, she said, some

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