On May 24th, Debbie Spaugh with AFP-SC spoke during a press conference in the State House. The subject was the State Budget for 2011-2012. Obviously many of our state Legislators did not get the message from the voters in 2010 to STOP THE WASTEFUL SPENDING! Last year's state budget of $21.1 billion was the largest in SC history. At that time, SC state and local government was spending $.26 of every dollar earned by South Carolinians. This was the 5th highest amount in the nation.
Hopefully, the bill (H.3738), to enact the South Carolina Health Benefit Exchange Act, is permanently buried in the House Ways and Means Committee. This bill would establish an exchange for the purpose of facilitating the purchase and sale of qualified health plans as provided for in the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Obamacare). While Congressional Republicans are working to defund, and in 2013, hopefully repeal Obamacare, 13 Republicans in the SC Legislature co-sponsored this bill that would have helped implement Obamacare.
April 12, 2011 was a momentous day for the citizens of South Carolina. Governor Haley signed the Spending Accountability Act of 2011 (H.3004 - Roll Call Voting Bill) into law. With this law the South Carolina Legislature moves from one of the five weakest on transparency to one of the most transparent in the country. All votes on bills or resolutions with the force and effect of law will now be recorded, so that South Carolinians may see how their representatives and senators vote. The bill passed unanimously in the House. In the Senate, the bill passed with 33 Ayes and 11 Nays.
On the darkest day of the year, December 21, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a party-line vote to regulate the Internet in the name of network neutrality. Chairman Julius Genachowski, who cast the deciding vote, is a former long-time executive of Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp (one of the leading corporate beneficiaries of the new regulations) and a close friend of President Obama.