• Expecting different results

    One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. With that in mind, we think Chester City Council demonstrated a very sound mind recently.

  • Open up

    On a couple of occasions, we have used this space to advocate that local governments put a full accounting of expenditures online and offer easier access to citizens in general. We are happy to report the issue is at least now being discussed.

  • Getting what you wish for

    Maybe it's a case of "be careful what you wish for."
    Back in May, Chester City Council voted overwhelmingly to allow Chester County to handle its tax billing. The county already handles billing for other municipalities and the City of Chester has become more the exception than the rule in this department. Very few cities actually prepare, send and collect their own tax bills anymore, ceding those duties to the counties.

  • 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.