dew’s debt going down

dewSouth Carolina’s Improving Economy Allows DEW to Make Second Early Unemployment Trust Fund Loan Repayment This Year This payment amount more than doubles the payment sent in April

COLUMBIA—The SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) today announced it made a second early voluntary payment of $126 million to the federal government for the agency’s unemployment trust fund loan, saving the state $660,000 in interest.

The early payment will also allow the state to apply for a fourth consecutive Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) credit reduction. If approved, the FUTA credit reduction will avoid higher federal unemployment taxes for South Carolina businesses.

“Today’s announcement that DEW is making its second early loan payment this year – saving our citizens a combined $2 million in interest – is tremendous news for South Carolina’s businesses and taxpayers,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “This is the kind of commitment to responsible government that the people of our state expect and exactly what is possible when a state experiences the level of economic success we have over the last four years. It’s a great day in South Carolina.”

“The ability to make an early loan payment of this size is directly tied to the Palmetto State’s improved economy,” said DEW Executive Director Cheryl M. Stanton. “With more people working and less people receiving unemployment benefits, we have been able to use unanticipated, additional funds to pay down the debt the state incurred during the Great Recession.”

When the 2014 unemployment tax rate was set, the federal government estimated 1,968,209 South Carolinians would be employed. As of July 2014, 2,043,602 people were employed in the state, leading to additional tax collections.

Moreover, South Carolina paid more than $57.2 million less in unemployment benefits between October 2013 and August 2014 compared to the same time frame during the previous year.

Following this month’s early payment of $126 million combined with April’s early $60 million payment, the outstanding balance on the loan is $270 million. To date, South Carolina has repaid more than $706 million of the $977 million borrowed from the federal government, and is still scheduled to repay the loan in full by the end of 2015.


it’s only a penny…

tax.burdenLet’s follow Spartanburg’s lead in November. Let’s kill S. 940! Vote “no” on local option sales tax referendums.

This spring, conservatives tried our best to kill a $1,736,830,485 tax hike. After 5 attempts,  the 6th motion received the 23 votes necessary to end a filibuster. The government grab-it rabbit is after you!

S. 940 is a bill that enables tax increase referendums for school construction in 14 counties in South Carolina. If passed, Anderson taxpayers will fork up $250 million.

It’s just a penny? Pennies ad up! This penny is $1,736,830,485. This money taken out of the pockets of consumers will prevent growth in our economy. It is a further intrusion on the freedom of the taxpayer to spend his/her own money as they sit fit. Additionally, sales tax hikes injure seniors and low income South Carolinians most.

Here’s how these pennies will ad up: Aiken $180,388,530.00, Cherokee $69,518,160.00, Chesterfield $21,247,140.00, Clarendon $22,870,830.00, Darlington $53,825,220.00, Dillon $25,220,370.00, Jasper $53,886,945.00, Lexington $523,447,560.00, Marlboro $15,562,125.00, Beaufort $372,605,280.00, Georgetown $94,071,615.00, Anderson $250,271,220.00, Kershaw $53,915,490.00=$1,736,830,485.00

Congratulations Spartanburg taxpayers!

taxed.enough.alreadyBryant calls action “exciting victory”.

Anderson, SC – September 15, 2014 –Senator Kevin Bryant issued the following statement on Spartanburg School District 5 taxpayers’ rejection of $71 million tax increase and the pending vote in November on Anderson County’s proposed $250 million tax increase.

S.940 allows certain counties to impose a one-cent sales tax in addition to the taxes taxpayers already pay. Senator Bryant said that, “Your state government now is encouraging your local government to nickel and dime the taxpayers. But, unfortunately, the buck getting passed is yours.” Late last year, Senator Bryant unsuccessfully filibustered S.940 in hopes of preventing local taxpayers from the onslaught of another political campaign, but he was silenced by the advocates of higher taxes. Spartanburg District 5, however, fought off the “tax you first” crowd and Bryant is calling on Anderson County taxpayers to do the same.

“Congratulations to the tax payers in Spartanburg County for your victory. Let’s work together in Anderson County to oppose the $250 million tax increase in November”. Bryant said. “The voters in Spartanburg realized that a $71m tax hike not only is unaffordable but also likely will be wasted just like the money they send to Columbia in the first place. Let’s hope the rest of the counties with tax increases on their ballots will reject the rest of the $1.7 billion tax hike”.

2014.10.14 Faith & Freedom in the Public Square

South Carolina: Faith and Freedom in The Public Square

An Evening with
Senator Tim Scott, Dr. Bill Bennett and Ross Douthat


Presented by Hashtag ProductionsAnderson University and Conservative Talk 94.5 FM

On Tuesday, October 14th at 7 PM, in Henderson Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University, nationally syndicated radio show host Dr. Bill Bennett, New York Times columnist and best-selling author Ross Douthat, and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will appear together on stage for a conversation about “Faith and Freedom in the Public Square.”

Dr. Bennett will be our host and emcee for the evening.

We live in trying times. People are abandoning truth, Western culture is dying, and the lines between right and wrong are becoming irrevocably blurred. Religious liberty is being threatened, both at home and abroad. Those of us who take belief in the God of the Bible seriously feel burdened by the problems that arise in our increasingly secular, pluralistic society.

The goal of this event is to allow prominent voices in the public square to engage in an open, honest and entertaining dialogue about religion, the price of freedom, and the challenges we face as a nation and civilization.

This is about asking and answering tough questions in a God-honoring and purposeful way.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission seating, and a limited number of $100 VIP Reserved seating (which includes admittance to a catered pre-show VIP reception with the speakers at 6:00 pm).

Note: ALL SALES ARE FINAL! There will be no refund issued in the event you are unable to use your ticket.

Glen Raven expansion!


September 12, 2014, For immediate release, Contact: Doug Mayer, 803-360-3285
Glen Raven Expanding Anderson County Sunbrella® Manufacturing Center
$13.5 Million Investment To Create 10 New Jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Glen Raven, Inc., a global leader in high-performance fabrics, is expanding its Anderson County Sunbrella® manufacturing center through a $13.5 million investment that is expected to create 10 new jobs.
Glen Raven’s Anderson Plant is the company’s largest manufacturing center for its market-leading Sunbrella brand of fabrics for awning, marine and upholstery applications. The one-million-square-foot business center is operated by Glen Raven Custom Fabrics and includes highly automated, vertically integrated manufacturing facilities along with research and new product development.
Glen Raven began manufacturing Sunbrella fabrics in Anderson County in 1986 and in 1994 built Anderson Plant, drawing upon the latest in manufacturing technology from around the world. Located at 4665 Liberty Highway, the ultramodern Anderson Plant today employs more than 600 associates.
Founded in 1880, Glen Raven, Inc. today markets products in more than 130 countries worldwide, serving markets that include solar protection, marine, furniture, protective workwear, geogrid, automotive and water filtration. The family-owned company operates manufacturing, marketing and customer service business centers in North and South America, Europe, China and India.
To view all available positions, visit Glen Raven’s career page at Additionally, interested candidates may email resumes to
“Continual investments in the Anderson Plant over the last 20 years have enabled our outstanding South Carolina workforce to make Sunbrella the best performance fabrics we can possibly make for our customers.  This latest investment continues Glen Raven’s commitment to Anderson County and to our talented associates by providing a safe, environmentally friendly and globally competitive manufacturing facility.” –Dave Swers, President of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics
“Glen Raven is a globally respected name in textiles, and we couldn’t be happier to see them to grow in Anderson – their premier manufacturing facility in the world. We celebrate Glen Raven’s decision to invest $13.5 million and add 10 jobs, and we look forward to their continued success in our state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“Today’s expansion announcement by Glen Raven is further proof that manufacturing is at home and growing in South Carolina. Thanks to team efforts on the state and local levels, this expansion will benefit Anderson County and the state for years to come, and it shows that South Carolina is just right for making quality textiles.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“I am happy to congratulate Glen Raven on the expansion of their manufacturing facility in Anderson County. Glen Raven has been an exemplary role model in our industry neighborhood. Not only do they already provide more than 600 residents with jobs, but they proactively champion healthy lifestyles for their employees and support county-wide events that promote a vibrant, healthy community. This new $13.5 million investment and 10 new jobs are a bonus to District 4. It is truly satisfying to see such a wonderful company flourish and we are proud they call Anderson County home.” – Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen

  • Glen Raven’s existing manufacturing operations in Anderson County today have more than 600 employees.
  • $13.5 million investment expected to create 10 new jobs.
  • Glen Raven has been in operation for more than 134 years, currently marketing products in more than 130 countries in segments that include solar protection, marine, furniture, protective workwear, automotive, geogrid and water filtration.
  • The company began manufacturing Sunbrella fabrics in Anderson County in 1986 and in 1994 built Anderson Plant.
  • Those interested in working for the company are encouraged to visit Glen Raven’s career for information on current openings and how to apply.

Eddie Mattison: vote no on the penny

debtI ran this article a couple of weeks ago, and it has since disappeared. If you’ll indulge me, I want to run it again. Maybe it was persuasive. Maybe it wasn’t. But we all need to know what our leadership is doing.
This is about a tax that will stay with us for 15 years to pay off a bond (debt) for a building I’m just not sure we need. Do YOU think we need it? Do you want our taxes to be 7% vs. 6% for 15 years? This article will hopefully tell you some facts around the money that I think could be better spent on …say, moving our educational system out of the ‘50’s. Tell me if you think I’m wrong. That would actually be good news. Here’s the article:
In November when the weather starts getting cold and callus, you will be asked to vote.
There is a question our leaders are asking us to vote on. Maybe we can work together to understand it better.
Our school district leaders, in Anderson County, are putting a one-cent sales tax “referendum” – proposal-up-for-vote – on the ballot November 4th that will give you a choice as to whether you want the one cent sales tax increase or not. (It will be written in legalistic writing, so probably more difficult for me to understand.).

I’m wondering about this question our leaders are asking us to vote on. Maybe we can help each other understand it better.
I, personally, am against it. The reason I am against it is that these people are as human as you and me. They are capable of as noble and as ignorant, as well-meaning and as greedy, and as thought-out and as short-sided a thinking as you and I.
Yes, they have years of education and insight into this specific “need”, AND they are, like the person who makes bread everyday, knowledgeable about his or her product (in this case, our educational “system”) and how it should look and operate. But these are the same folks who are also wanting to spend more money within a structure that:
1) Is told that it has to spend ALL of the money it receives each year (wisely or not) so they can get more next year.
2) That voted to spend $5,200 a year to drug test our student athletes and band members when I don’t remember anyone bringing drug use problems from our high school athletes and band members to the public’s attention; this within a school system that is struggling financially. (Is there a drug problem with our athletes or band members? The schools say that these folks represent our schools and towns so we have to drug test them. Have they represented us for more than 50 years without drug testing? Has their behavior deteriorated or become a subject of concern? Are we drug-testing other students who do off-campus activities? Are we drug-testing the folks who chaperone the students, or any of our teachers or principles in the schools?
3) A system that gives our kids lists of items they have to get each year. The items on these lists are to be used by the entire classroom. Why is this? Don’t our taxes buy necessary supplies? I’ve been told that some teachers pull out their own money for school room supplies. And what happens to the supplies at the end of the year, that aren’t used up? My 6th grade nephew says the teachers re-use the unused items again. So, are they still given the same list as the year before?
An example of an item on the list and the process: graph paper is normally on the list. So, each Mom buys a pack of graph paper. Each child in class probably uses 5 sheets out of this pack. Since there were probably 30 packs of the paper bought, there are probably 25 packs floating out there somewhere not used.
I don’t get how that responsibility (of supplying these basic school items) was shifted to the parents (and teachers?). I do understand that some parents can’t afford as much as other parents, but to make a list of 25 things that every student must buy?…
4) The one-cent tax is slated to be used for a career center. What will be the difference between a new career center (that you pay for, for the next 15 years. That’s how long it will be a tax.) and the career center that we already have at Tri-County Technical College (TCTC)? Yes, I know TCTC is a distance away, but we have a bus system. Is that unsympathetic (of me), if one really wants to use it? Why couldn’t our educational leaders “partner” with TCTC for all area eligible students and persons needing career advice to use TCTC’s center, or at least research the idea?
5) Senator Kevin Bryant also opposes the referendum. Here are two links:

I asked him to spell it out a bit more why he is opposed to this. He said there are special interest groups that will profit/benefit from the construction, who will be lobbying to help design and build it.
He also said that we (individuals) should have the right to decide for ourselves how we want to spend our money. (This vote DOES give us a choice, but we must carefully consider both sides of this decision…)
Like gas prices after Katrina, do you believe that the tax will be here longer than needed?)
And lastly, he agreed with my reasonings, above, that the districts “have to spend what they are given each year to receive more”, why do parents have inherited mandatory lists of items to buy each year for kids in the classrooms, and why could there not be a partnership between local schools and TCTC.
When Sen. Bryant spoke, with our next state house member, Jonathon Hill, at the Rec Center downtown he said that 70% of our county’s property taxes goes to education.) I have to wonder what I am missing here. (Salaries, maintenance, office supplies, building fund, technology, expansion, infrastructure. But where is the thinking.)

Since Sen. Bryant is one of our state senators he also has talked to folks in-the-know (folks who “make the bread”), so he hopefully has some expertise in this area (or at least in the area of how much or little is reasonable to pay in taxes).
I’m asking you to please keep this in mind when you go to the polls. And if you educate your friends and relatives I believe we can begin to understand more and maybe partner with of our educational leadership to do a …better job. We are not sheep. ☺
Have a good one.

$71m tax hike in Spartanburg

2014.09.06 Center for Self Governance Training


$6.9 million investment in Anderson County

Viva Recycling Of South Carolina, LLC To Establish Anderson County Operations

$6.9 Million Investment Expected To Create 14 Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Viva Recycling of South Carolina, a tire recycler and rubber manufacturer, announced today its decision to establish a new facility in Anderson County. The $6.9 million investment is expected to create 14 new jobs in the area over the next five years.

Established in 2011 and headquartered in Moncks Corner, Viva Recycling of South Carolina processes scrap tires to produce environmentally responsible recycled rubber products for home, business and recreation. These tires are collected from a variety of sources throughout the Southeast, including cars, light and heavy trucks, landfills, municipalities and tire retailers.

Utilizing state-of-the-art recycling processes, the company separates the scrap tires and other selected industrial rubber scrap into their component parts – rubber, steel and fiber. While the steel and fiber are recycled, the rubber is sized, shaped, colored and molded into a wide range of sustainable products for various industrial, commercial and residential applications.

Viva Recycling of South Carolina’s products include landscape mulch, playground safety flooring, artificial field in-fill, rubber sidewalks, rubber pavers, equestrian flooring, rubberized asphalt and many more items.

The company’s new facility, located at 3520 Abbeville Highway in Anderson, is expected to be operational by December 2014 and will implement the same recycling model used at the Moncks Corner operation, where it has recycled over four million tires per year.

Viva Recycling of South Carolina will start hiring for new positions in September 2014. Those interested in applying should contact Toni Everett at 843-761-7955.


“We are proud to build Viva’s second South Carolina facility in Anderson, providing the Upstate with a true recycling option for scrap tire recycling, as we have successfully done in Berkeley County, where we already turn over four million scrap tires into useful consumer and other valuable products.” – Marty Sergi, president and CEO of Viva Recycling of South Carolina, LLC

“We celebrate Viva Recycling of South Carolina’s decision to invest $6.9 million and add 14 new jobs in Anderson County. It’s always a great day when one of our existing companies chooses to expand and continues to find success within our borders.” – Gov. Nikki Haley

Frequently touted as ‘America’s tire town,’ South Carolina is known for our remarkable manufacturing ability. Today’s announcement by Viva Recycling of South Carolina proves that not only can we make the tires, but we can manage the full product life cycle. Understanding the importance of sustainability in our economy, we are excited for the continued growth of our state’s recycling industry. – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Viva Recycling to Anderson County. I am beyond excited to have this company’s investment, new jobs and environmentally sustainable products in Anderson County.” – Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn

•           Viva Recycling of South Carolina will establish a new facility in Anderson County.
•           $6.9 million investment to create 14 jobs.
•           The company processes scrap tires to produce environmentally responsible recycled rubber products for home, business and recreation.
•           Viva Recycling of South Carolina products include landscape mulch, playground safety flooring, artificial field in-fill, rubber sidewalks, rubber pavers, equestrian flooring, rubberized asphalt and many more items.
•           Operations are expected to begin in December 2014 with hiring for the new positions starting in September 2014.

Sen. Martin: Defending the Constitution

shane.martinI have traveled a great deal over the past month for my business, and still paid attention to the mainstream news. One headline that really caught my attention said that Attorney General Alan Wilson will continue to defend South Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. I know Alan is a great guy and takes his office seriously, so immediately I wasn’t surprised and didn’t give it anymore thought. However, back at the hotel that evening, catching up on some work, I began to think about that headline.

My thought was that South Carolina doesn’t have a ban on gay marriage. What South Carolina has is a Constitution that defines what marriage is, what God intended it to be, a holy union between a man and a woman. I knew the history in my head, but I did a little bit of research just to get the correct numbers. In 2006 South Carolina amended its Constitution to define marriage in this manner. This amendment was passed by a two thirds (super majority) vote in both the SC House of Representatives and in the SC Senate. It then was placed on the General Election ballot in November and passed by 78% of the voters. Pretty strong, if you ask me.

All lawmakers, Senators (like me), Representatives, and Constitutional Officers (including the Attorney General and Governor) all swear an oath after elected to public office. We place our hand on God’s word, The Bible, and swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the State of South Carolina and the Constitution of the United States of America. Even if there are parts of the Constitution that some elected officials don’t like, they are still required by their oath to protect and defend the whole Constitution.

I believe the media has missed the point of this debate. Our Attorney General, Alan Wilson, is defending the Constitution of our great state. Since we truly aren’t banning anything, I wish the media would change the headlines to honestly state just that.

Maybe some of the gubernatorial candidates running against Nikki Haley should introduce their plan to change the Constitution of our State to define marriage in a different way. I would wish them the best, but as long as I am elected I will continue to defend the entire Constitution as I swore by my oath on the Bible. Please take the time to thank Alan Wilson for not cowering to the media or political pressure. There is a process, and those people who want marriage to be a free-for-all should try to change the Constitution, and they should stop stunts like a petition asking Alan Wilson to violate his oath! I know that he will not do that, and I won’t either.

Sen. Shane Martin (R-Pauline)