Monday, August 15, 2011

Bless Their Hearts: Donuts for tax reform

Also: $4.9K for ignorance prevention, and a bailout for highways

Posted by Paul Bowers on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

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• At this weekend’s RedState Gathering, where Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his bid for presidency, one enterprising volunteer at the S.C. Fair Tax booth was giving away Krispy Kreme donuts under a sign that read, “They are sweet, but not as sweet as the Fair Tax.”

• Elizabeth Kandrac, perhaps the most outspoken member of the Charleston County School Board, turns out to also be its biggest spender. As reported by Diette Courrégé in the Post and Courier, Kandrac spent over $4,900 on traveling to conferences and attending local board meetings in the past fiscal year, a figure that was down from the previous year’s $6,069. Kandrac’s explanation? “Ignorance is not bliss.”

• Gov. Nikki Haley and Education Superintendent Mick Zais have famously taken a stand against the federal stimulus package by rejecting $144 million that would have gone to education. Last week, the Department of Education announced that those funds would be divided among the other 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, Haley has approved a Department of Transportation request for a $52 million federal bailout so it can pay its road workers. This morning in Columbia, protesters begged Zais and Haley to take the education money.

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