WH Budget now requires SS # for tax credits!

So sane. So American. So overdue.

CNSNews.com reports:

The president’s budget requires that those receiving the child care tax credit and the earned income tax credit now must have a Social Security number to claim those tax credits.

“We talk about how to prioritize spending and how to look at programs that work and don’t work.  The childcare tax credit and the earned income tax credit. One of our proposals is that we are going to require you to have a Social Security number now to collect those,” White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday during an off-camera briefing.

“Why is that? Because I can ask you for your money, I think, in good faith and good conscience and say, look, I need to take some of your tax money and give it to this family who deserves the childcare tax credit, but I can’t do it to give the earned income tax credit, which is designed to help folks who work, to give it to somebody who is in the country and working illegally,” he said.

“That’s just not fair. It’s not right when you look at it through the perspective of the people who pay the taxes, and it’s one of our proposals,” Mulvaney said.

“With regard to the earned income tax credit, you mentioned requiring a Social Security number for receiving that. Do you mean a Social Security number for parents, or for children — particular children who are born American citizens?” a reporter asked.

“I think it’s the parents,” Mulvaney said.

“So the earned income tax credit is meant to help parents raise families — the idea is you have a child — and if you look at the tax credit, if you don’t happen to have children –” the reporter said.

“You’re not supposed to get the tax credit if you don’t have children,” Mulvaney interjected.

“Right, and so how does that help people, whether they’re here legally or not, raise families if those families have American citizen children?” the reporter asked.

“Thank you. That’s the exact difference we’re talking about in the perspective on this budget. You’re sitting there focusing only on one side of the equation, okay? And we’re trying to focus on both — both recipients of the aid and the folks who pay for the aid.  How do I go to somebody who pays their taxes and say, look, I want you to give this earned income tax credit to somebody who is working here illegally?” Mulvaney said.

“That’s not defensible, and it’s a reasonable accommodation to simply ask them for Social Security numbers,” Mulvaney added.

“But it’s supposed to help the kids, is what I’m saying,” the reporter said.

“It’s supposed to help the families. Okay? There are other programs all up and down our federal government, all up and down the budget that help the children. We help them at school, and we help them after school, we help them in preschool,” Mulvaney said.

“Title I is $15 billion, I think, in terms of programs to help kids like that. So I hear what you’re saying. The point of the matter is, it’s not unreasonable to ask for a Social Security number before they get those benefits,” Mulvaney added.

By |May 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg Councilmen work to raise deputy pay across the board

WSPA reports:

The Spartanburg County Council is working to raise deputy pay across the board.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says they are in crisis mode when it comes to pay. Currently starting pay for a deputy is around $29,000. In the current budget proposal, council would raise that to nearly $38,000. Right now the Sheriff’s Office is short 26 deputies, and soon Sheriff Wright says they will have choose to only respond to high priority calls.

Now the issue becomes pay raises for deputies that have been at the department for 5 to 15 years.

Councilman Roger Nutt is now searching for a solution. Nutt believes they could take money out of the Capital Projects fund for park projects and move it to the sheriff’s office fund. That money would be around $400,000.

Long term the council will need to find a solution to pay for those raises. Nutt states that they could look at lowering the millage rate that the parks and rec department receives and move some of that to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is not the only agency asking for raises, the Coroner’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and the Solicitor’s Office is all seeing high turnover and low pay.

Nutt says they hope to find a solution to avoid raising taxes for the entire county.

Click the link above for video …

By |May 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Full tax increase proposed at Spartanburg County Council meeting

From Roger Nutt:

Tonight there was a full tax increase proposed at YOUR Council meeting! Did you see it? Do you know how your Rep voted? What was said about YOUR Deputies? You wont believe…..

By |May 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Joint Spartanburg County/City Councils meeting re: Courthouse

If you did not attend, but want to know the latest on the courthouse, Roger Nutt has it for you!

 

By |May 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GSP Women invite YOU for a Cook Out Monday June 12!

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By |May 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jeff Duncan on Trump Bills Signed so far

From Jeff’s FB page:

Congress has passed and the President has signed 14 bills that rescind major Obama era regulations. Regulations that significantly overreach on federal authority, hurt jobs, and run afoul of the Constitution. Here’s an overview of what we’ve done:

Improve American Energy

The Stream Buffer Rule (H.J. Res. 38) would have saddled mines with unnecessary regulations, putting up to 64% of America’s coal reserves off limits and threatening between 40,000 to 70,000 mining jobs.

The SEC Disclosure Rule for Resource Extraction (H.J. Res. 41) would have put an unreasonable compliance burden on publicly traded American energy companies, putting them at a disadvantage to foreign-owned businesses.

Increase Local Control

The Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 Rule (H.J. Res. 44) would have reduced local authority over large swaths of land out west, massively expanding the federal government’s control over more than 175 million acres of land—about 4,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.—in 11 western states.

The Teacher Preparation Rule (H.J. Res. 58) would have forced states to use Washington’s standards to determine whether a teacher preparation program is effective, undermining local control over education and potentially exacerbating the shortage of special education teachers.

The Education Accountability Rule (H.J. Res. 57) would have been an unfunded mandate imposing Washington’s standard for how to assess schools on state and local governments.

The Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing Rule (H.J. Res. 42) would have severely restricted states’ ability to limit drug abusers from receiving unemployment benefits even if the drug users are not able and available for work, as the law requires.

The National Wildlife Hunting and Fishing Rule (H.J. Res. 69) would have infringed on Alaska’s right to sustainably manage fish and wildlife by overregulating hunting—a move that could set the stage for the federal government to undermine local control across the entire U.S.

Defend Our Rights & Equally Apply the Law

The Social Security Administration’s Second Amendment Restrictions (H.J. Res. 40) would have increased scrutiny on up to 4.2 million law-abiding disabled Americans attempting to purchase firearms, potentially depriving people of their constitutional rights without proper due process protections.

The Federal Contracts Blacklisting Rule (H.J. Res. 37) would have unjustly blocked many businesses accused of violating labor laws from federal contracts before they’ve even had a chance to defend themselves in court.

The OSHA Power Grab Rule (H.J. Res. 83) would have been clearly unlawful. The law explicitly that employers can only be targeted for failing to keep proper health and safety records within a six-month time period. The rule we overturned would have extended that to a full five years.

FCC Internet Service Provider Rule (S.J. Res. 34) would have treated internet service providers (ISPs) unequally compared to other companies like Google and Facebook by applying different privacy rules to different companies.

Protect Workers

The State Retirement Plan Rule (H.J. Res. 66) would have treated employees unequally by allowing states to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts.

The Local Retirement Plan Rule (H.J. Res. 67) would have treated employees unequally by allowing certain localities to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts.

Save Lives

The Title X Abortion Funding Rule (H.J. Res. 43) would have forced states to administer Title X health funding to abortion providers, even if states want to redirect those funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage.

By |May 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant speaking at the SCGOP Convention

This was a bold speech.

SCGOP 2017

It was an honor to speak with the fellow delegates at the SC GOP Convention. I'd like to thank all Republicans for your commitment to the cause of conservatism!

Posted by Kevin Bryant on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 

By |May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Rick Quinn indicated. The Quinndom continues its fall. Who’s connected?

Almost everyone.

First, this story at the Post and Courier on Rick Quinn’s indictment today, he joins Bobby Harrell and Jim Merrill as House members indicted by David Pascoe.

State Rep. Rick Quinn has been indicted by the State Grand Jury on two misconduct charges and accused of a long-running scheme to hide millions of dollars his and his father’s businesses received from groups whose causes he worked to advance at the Statehouse.

Quinn, a Lexington Republican, is accused of failing to report more than $4.5 million from numerous, unidentified groups between January 1999 to April 15 of this year, according to the indictments. He is accused of improperly acting as a lobbyist while an elected official, using his businesses and public office to influence government actions involving those groups, the indictments stated.

He also is accused of using his public office to improperly steer more than $270,000 in Republican House caucus funds to businesses owned by him and his father, powerful political consultant Richard Quinn.

Click the link above for more of the story.

Now, take a look at this graphic showing all the tentacles of Richard Quinn’s influence in SC politics also from the Post and Courier and read this article to see just how totally entrenched corruption is in SC elected officials and even political agencies.  There is an interactive version of this graphic in the article showing the nature of the relationships (and if you click on the picture below you’ll get a bigger version.

 

By |May 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

SCDOT Commissioner term expired 11 weeks ago – but he’s not gone

This is our South Carolina SCDOT, the agency that Scott Talley, Rita Allison, Mike Forrester, Eddie Tallon, and Derham Cole all voted to send your tax dollars to – without any internal fraud audit because they just stopped doing them (Click here to read about that) …

… with continual theft, overpayments, conflicts of interest, and state resources used to work on private property (Click here to read about that) …

… and instead of insisting that legislation be drawn that would put make the SCDOT a cabinet agency instead of a  private slush fund for Hugh Leatherman and his ilk, some Spartanburg legislators just decided to vote to feed the beast.

And there’s more. There’s always more.  SCDOT Commissioner Mike Wooten, who dismissed the need for internal audits – “We feel that the internal audit function should be more focused on the efficiencies within the department instead of trying to become a cop or a police officer,” Vice Chairman of the D.O.T commission Mike Wooten said … should have been gone already. His term expired back in February. Why isn’t he gone?

TheNerve.org reports:

DOT Commissioner Mike Wooten. Appointed four years ago, his commission expired on February 15 of this year, but on he sits, placing the ball in Governor Henry McMaster’s court.

Four years back, Wooten was elected as the only choice for the position when his sole opponent dropped out before the vote.

His tenure has been arguably bumpy. Last year, The Nerve obtained emails showing that Wooten had “used his position to have DOT staff and elected officials pressure a local government entity engaged in a dispute with an agency over a $1 million contract of which Wooten’s firm” — DDC Engineers, of Myrtle Beach — “was a subcontractor.” Further reporting showed that Wooten’s firm, as a subcontractor, had benefited from projects that DOT helped to fund.

The law states that it is unlawful for a commissioner to ask or solicit, directly or indirectly, any money, contract, or other thing of value.

As you pay the various fees, licenses, taxes, regulatory funds some of our Spartanburg legislators voted for, you may rightly wonder – DID ANY OF THEM KNOW ANY OF THIS STUFF?  And if so, why would they take your money and give it to these folks?

By |May 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Scott Talley’s constituents begin to sound off “A War on the Poor”

Here’s a letter to the editor in Sunday’s SHJ.  I don’t know Daniel, but we share “Woodruff” as our mailing address, in Scott Talley’s district.

A War on the Poor.

Our legislators just pulled off their own kind of shell game.

Well, our South Carolina legislators have won their three-year war on the poor by passing a gasoline tax hike, among other fee increases, to allegedly repair our roads.

What did they accomplish? If you have ever witnessed a skilled carny running a shell game, then you are familiar with what this group just pulled off. In my opinion, by twisting and turning the language, nothing has changed to ensure that the additional funds will be applied properly. Reform? Maybe on the surface of the bill, but it crumbles like the Falcons in the Super Bowl!

Why do I declare this to be their political war on the poor? On whose budget will this bill have a more detrimental effect? Will it be one of their female lawyer partners, or will it be the struggling single mother raising her children? Will it be one of the highly compensated lobbyists from the Chamber of Commerce, or the week-to-week earner trying to pull in a down payment for a $10,000 vehicle to replace his 10-year-old car?

Will it be one of these legislators who have allowed the roads to deteriorate to the condition they are in, or the fixed-incomer who hasn’t seen a decent raise in eight years? Will it be the employee of a cement contractor locked into a S.C. Department of Transportation contract, or the unemployed person trying to get to an interview?

Yeah, it might be pocket change to them, but it may be a lot more to many.

When their time comes, and they want our vote, in a war on the poor we need to remember that the only bullet we have is our vote to fight their money.

Daniel Gibson, Woodruff

By |May 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments
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