• Passing the veto buck

    While the governor’s vetoes may have totaled a miniscule portion of the budget, it didn’t stop lawmakers from overriding a significant number of her 87 vetoes (83 on the General Appropriations bill, three on the Capital Reserve Fund bill and one on the Supplemental Appropriations bill). The House sustained only 17 of the 87 vetoes and the Senate another two.

  • Do vetoes matter?

    On Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley issued her budget vetoes. This year's state budget – once again – is by far the largest budget in state history. In total – and including the Capital Reserve Fund bill and the Supplemental Appropriations bill – Gov. Haley's vetoes added up to $30.2 million, or about 0.01 percent of the total budget.

  • Charleston Strong

    It's often said that adversity does not build character, it only reveals it. It would be hard, then, to find the words to properly explain the character shown in the last week by Emanuel AME Church and its home city of Charleston.

  • Say thanks

    You may have noticed that it's hot. It would be hard not to. You may not have noticed that some out-of-towners are in Chester laboring in that heat.

  • Perceptions

    The perception that people have of a place is hard to control. People see what they see, think what they think and experience what they experience. A town can look good and operate efficiently on the government level, but if a visitor can't find parking or encounters a rude clerk in a store, the whole area might be tainted in their mind.

  • We couldn't find any money in a $26 billion budget


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    On Wednesday, the House took the pressure off the Senate by passing a $360 million tax hike. The Senate had tried to pass a similar bill several weeks ago but members found themselves having to explain why the move wasn’t flatly unconstitutional.

  • Lt. Gov. McMaster asked to rule on bill's Constitutionality


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    By Jamie Murguia

    A Tuesday ruling by the Senate’s President, Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, got the attention of one state senator. But it wasn't the ruling itself that drew criticism from Sen. Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington), but the fact that the president was asked to rule on the question at all.

  • Be careful

    Before you associate yourself or family with any outside person or entity, you hopefully check out their background thoroughly. If you are taking your child to a babysitter or signing them up to play a sport or pursue any other activity, you want to know who is running things and what their history is. That isn't being suspicious, it's just being careful and thorough.

  • Sunshine week

    Chester County has a brand new supervisor in Shane Stuart, who says he is focused on government being open and accountable. His first full week on the job coincides with Sunshine Week, an annual observance of open government and the people's right to know what their government is doing. We think that intersection of stated good intentions and celebrating government transparency presents a great opportunity.

  • Do better

    People often speak of American government as being a democracy. Actually it isn't, we have a representative republic. Voters elect people who they think best represent their viewpoints and beliefs. The elected not only represent you in terms of hopefully voting the way you would, but also by representing you at public functions. In terms of that second meaning, a lot has been left to be desired recently.