State Government

2013 In-state Advocacy Wrap-Up

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce Last year the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) was very active in the state advocating for the interests of our state’s small businesses.  The advocacy was both legislative and non-legislative. Non-Legislative Advocacy Fighting to keep utility rates low In…

Promoting small business development just a fraction of the cost of Boeing incentives

South Carolina state officials are reported to have been secretively putting together an incentive package to lure Boeing into manufacturing its new 777X jet in the Palmetto state. In addition to the prestige of expanding Boeing’s presence and employment in the state (which has already cost South Carolina $570 million…

Yesterday: Big business wins two, small business picks up one

It was a busy day yesterday for the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce.  Two Senate subcommittees and the House Ways and Means Committee held meetings on legislation we supported.  Unfortunately two of these bills did not get the favorable votes we wanted.The morning started out with a Senate subcommittee…

ACTION ALERT!!

Allow 3rd Party Financing of Solar Panels Bill would make solar energy affordable for homes and commercial buildings Don’t let the state’s energy companies do what they did in the S.C. House—stop a bill that will allow 3rd parties to finance solar panels on buildings and sell the electricity to…

Support the Microenterprise Development Act

Action Alert!! Public hearing is this Wednesday, April 10th For everyone who has complained that the state of South Carolina has not done enough to help small businesses, your support for House Bill 3125 is needed. The legislation would establish a Microenterprise Partnership Program (MPP) within the SC Department of…

Bipartisanship breaks out in SC and US Senates

This week a handful of Republican and Democratic Senators in Columbia and Washington found common ground on two important issues. In Columbia 15 Senators of both parties have introduced legislation to allow a third party to finance and own solar panels on a home or commercial building and sell the…

The ACA Toolbox for Health Reform: What State Health Leaders Aren’t Telling the General Assembly

February 5, 2013 by The Ruoff Group The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides health policymakers with a robust set of tools to accomplish important changes to both bring costs under control and improve our health and health care. The coverage expansion which ensures affordable access to this new, high performance…

The “Nikki detente” talks

The new leader of the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus, Nikki Setzler, has a reputation as a respected problem-solver who works well across party lines.  This Wednesday he will be having breakfast with the state’s Republican Governor, Nikki Haley (no relationJ), for a bipartisan discussion on improving the funding formula…

Glimmer of hope for Medicaid expansion

The South Carolina House and Senate started the new legislative session yesterday.  For those who have not experienced the occasion it’s similar to the first day back at school in the fall.  Everybody is friendly and happy to see each other.   All were in a positive mood except for the…