Articles by: Jeffrey Sewell

Controversial Amazon SC tax break set to expire in 2016

December 29, 2014 7:33 AM
Controversial Amazon SC tax break set to expire in 2016

COLUMBIA, SC — The clock is ticking on a key incentive that helped bring Amazon to Lexington County.

On Jan. 1, 2016, Amazon must start collecting sales taxes on purchases made in South Carolina unless the General Assembly extends an exemption granted to the Internet giant when it located a distribution center in Lexington in 2011.

Four years ago, the tax exemption sharply divided state leaders.

Then-new Gov. Nikki Haley, a Lexington Republican, opposed the tax break, infuriating Lexington County Republicans and otherswho were anxious to land more than 1,000 new jobs in the wake of the Great Recession.

Jeffrey Sewell · Top Commenter · Principal Consultant at Sewell Consultancy · 127 followers
The employees pay taxes local and federal; all vendors do the same, there is no egregious tax-exempt status in this particular situation with Amazon; they provide the jobs that local politicians promote as their own doing, give us all a huge freaking break with this political double speak…

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Press Release: Nearly 1 in 4 South Carolina Residents Volunteer; Two-Thirds Help Neighbors

December 22, 2014 1:59 PM
Press Release: Nearly 1 in 4 South Carolina Residents Volunteer; Two-Thirds Help Neighbors

As the holiday season highlights acts of kindness and opportunities to give back, a new federal study shows that 1 in 4 South Carolina residents volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors last year.
The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research, released on December 16 by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), shows that service to others continues to be a priority for hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians.
This year’s report found that 776,000 South Carolina residents (24.2 percent) volunteered through an organization in 2013. Altogether, South Carolinians volunteered nearly 96.7 million hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $2.2 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer’s hours.

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Join Bravo for the Wounded Warrior Celebration with Thomas Ravenel

November 7, 2014 1:02 AM
Join Bravo for the Wounded Warrior Celebration with Thomas Ravenel

Over the course of my campaign, ensuring, our veterans receive the care they deserve is an issue I have taken close to heart. Hearing the stories of numerous veterans across the state instilled an enormous amount of respect for those who willingly volunteer their lives towards the continuation of our liberties and way of life, while stressing the moral obligation, we have to guarantee their access to the highest-quality of services.

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NEWS RELEASE: AG Alan Wilson joins 16 AG’s & Gov’s in wanting intrusive “Waters of the U. S.” proposal withdrawn

October 16, 2014 2:53 PM
NEWS RELEASE:  AG Alan Wilson joins 16 AG’s & Gov’s in wanting intrusive “Waters of the U. S.” proposal withdrawn

Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Governors, Fellow AG’s in Wanting “Waters of the U. S.” Proposal Withdrawn

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson joined with sixteen governors and attorneys general in asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw their proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

On April 21, 2014, the EPA and Corps jointly released a proposed rule called Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act. It would greatly expand the definition of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. Under the proposal, roadside ditches, small creeks, farm ponds, flood control channels, drainage conveyances and storm water systems would be subject to federal regulation. That, in turn, would impose new hardships on county governments, farmers, developers and small businesses.

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SC DSS Attorney Asserts Unlimited Powers

October 3, 2014 4:31 PM
SC DSS Attorney Asserts Unlimited Powers

South Carolina lead counsel for the department of social services asserts that SC DSS is exempt from extending civil rights protection to individuals who are white/Caucasian. The case at hand involves the beating and abuse of an elderly white women who was forcibly taken and put under SC DSS protective custody where she died from the abuse she received that would have violated a black person’s civil rights but not hers according to DSS’s attorney.

“A claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 can only be brought in cases of race or national origin
discrimination. As Plaintiff has made no such claim, any claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 must be
dismissed.” ~ ~Eugene H. Matthews, SC DSS Lead Counsel

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House Ethics Reform Subcommittees Announced

October 2, 2014 1:56 PM
House Ethics Reform Subcommittees Announced

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     October 2, 2014                                                                                                         Contact: Greg Foster (803) 734-3125 gregfoster@schouse.gov   House Ethics Reform Subcommittees Announced Addressing new issues to further strengthen House’s reform efforts (Columbia, SC) – Today, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas and Chairman Derham Cole […]

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