One of the great things about my longtime colleague Cindi Scoppe still working at The State is that she is still employed doing what she’s best at. Another is that readers of the paper have the benefit of her knowledge and considerable talents.
A downside, for her, is the monotony of having to explain things over and over and over again, only to see the political majority in the state never, ever get it.
Such as the fact that South Carolina is a very low-tax state, meaning that cutting taxes should not exactly be seen as priority one for those making laws for the state. It doesn’t cry out as a need, to a rational person, the way, say, economic development does.
She did so again today, very gently showing her weariness in her headline, “The truth about S.C. taxes, again.” If you are among those who still don’t get it, or are merely confused, please go read it. Here’s an excerpt:
The latest report, from the anti-tax Tax Foundation in Washington, shows that state spending in South Carolina grew by just 16.8 percent from 2001 through 2011. That’s an average of 1.68 percent per year, which is substantially below either the rate of population growth or the rate of inflation, let alone the two combined, which is the conservative gold-standard for the maximum amount spending should increase. Only West Virginia and Alaska had smaller increases.