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South Carolina boasts over 130 'opportunity zones' that could bring tax benefits

Thursday | October 10, 2019

by Renee Wunderlich

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Three hundred and fifty people from over 20 states gathered Thursday at the Greenville Convention Center to network and learn more about investing in specific areas across South Carolina called "opportunity zones." Opportunity zones are areas within designated communities where investors can get a tax break for bringing things like jobs or affordable housing. Over 130 places across South Carolina, including Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Spartanburg, are now opportunity … Continue Reading

PHOTOS: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott guest speaker at NAACP banquet

Saturday | October 5, 2019

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott was the guest speaker for the 36th Annual West Spartanburg Branch of the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet at USC Upstate on Oct. 5, 2019. Photos at the link … Continue Reading

Scott takes lead against sickle cell

Monday | September 30, 2019

The Orangeburg Area Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation has a mission of promoting awareness of sickle cell disease, an incurable and sometimes painful blood disorder. Its services include genetic counseling, prescription assistance, emergency patient assistance, testing, transportation, referrals and community education, including health fairs. A highlight of the foundation's campaign is an annual walk, which was held Saturday with the theme, "Taking a step towards breaking the sickle cell … Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs create most new jobs: Why aren't we talking about them?

Monday | September 23, 2019


In recent weeks, there has been talk about a possible recession and tools policymakers should use to protect American workers and the domestic economy. Some are talking about protection of jobs from global competition. Others talk about addressing income inequality. Still others refer to a menu of options, calling for interest rate cuts, tax cuts, and increased tax incentives. Missing almost entirely from the national discussion is entrepreneurship. This despite the fact that entrepreneurs, … Continue Reading

Citizens to discuss Opportunity Zone with city leaders

Wednesday | September 18, 2019

by Wes Cooper, Barclay Bishop

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) - The public is invited to voice their opinions about what to invest in Opportunity Zones in the city limits. Opportunity Zones came about through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Originally proposed by Representative Tim Scott, Opportunity Zones are investment tools to encourage long-term investments in low-income and rural communities. In Aiken County, there are three opportunity zones. Two in North Augusta and one in the City of Aiken. The one in Aiken lies in the … Continue Reading

UNCF Commends the Passage of the FUTURE Act

Tuesday | September 17, 2019

Washington, DC, Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act. This bill, introduced by Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), extends important mandatory funding in Title III, Part F of the Higher Education Act of 1965 until Fiscal Year 2021 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), … Continue Reading

House passes $300 million bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing

Tuesday | September 10, 2019

by Suzy Khimm

The House passed a bill Tuesday requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing, after more than a dozen tenants died from the gas in the last 16 years. "It will prevent tragic and completely needless deaths," said Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García, D-Ill., the lead sponsor of the bill, which provides about $300 million over three years to install carbon monoxide detectors in federally subsidized housing for poor families. "This is a bill that will save lives and help make us all … Continue Reading

Tri-County leaders: ‘Take Dorian seriously’

Tuesday | September 3, 2019

by Patrick Phillips

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - One of the key messages from leaders from across Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties at a Tuesday afternoon news conference was to avoid letting Hurricane Dorian's weaker intensity give a false sense of security. Leaders said now is the time to evacuate because once sustained winds reach 40 mph, Charleston County EMS will not be responding to calls. Sen. Tim Scott spokesman Joe McKeown said the senator has been in contact with the Federal … Continue Reading

Photos: Pints & Politics hosts U.S. Sen. Tim Scott

Friday | August 9, 2019

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott participated in The Post and Courier's third Pints & Politics event at Baker and Brewer in Charleston. Pictures at the link … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott’s bid to help SC heirs’ property owners gets ‘listening session’ in D.C.

Thursday | August 8, 2019

by David Slade

Provisions in the federal farm bill designed to aid owners of heirs' property, who have historically been excluded from farm assistance programs, were approved in late 2018. They currently are going through public comment sessions with the Farm Service Agency. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., co-sponsored the heirs' property language in the bill. Heirs' property is land that's been handed down through a family without a will, typically resulting in property with multiple part-owners but no clear … Continue Reading

New bill aims to break cycle of repeated flooding and rebuilding

Tuesday | July 30, 2019

by Anjali Patel

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) says the cycle of repeated flooding and rebuilding needs to be broken, which is why he and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced a new bill-- the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act-- which aims to better protect flood-prone communities. Senator Scott hopes to break that costly cycle by compelling local governments to do something about those properties that have flooded over and over again. "This is a chance for us to tell local communities … Continue Reading

Senator Tim Scott introduces bill to strengthen relationships between the SBA and HBCU’s

Thursday | July 25, 2019

U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Promoting Robust Opportunities for Minority Institutions and Strengthening Entrepreneurship (PROMISE) Act. This legislation would require the Small Business Administration to produce an annual public report detailing its relationship with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's), strengthening the relationship between the two organizations. "Investing in our students at HBCU's is an investment that will reap … Continue Reading

O'Ree humbled by consideration for Congressional Gold Medal

Thursday | July 25, 2019

by William Douglas

WASHINGTON -- Willie O'Ree met Thursday with the lead U.S. senators who sponsored a bill to award the NHL's first black player the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress. "He's earned it, we're late in giving him the medal he has earned," Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Debbie Stabenow D-Mich. Scott and Stabenow said O'Ree is worthy of the honor not only for becoming the League's first black player but for his post-playing career … Continue Reading

Getting busy to resolve land issues

Wednesday | July 24, 2019

A provision of the 2018 Farm Bill is important in providing "fair access" to U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., worked with Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., to help "heirs' property" owners - thousands of minority and other landowners whose family land has been passed through the generations often without a formal title - utilize USDA services to which they have not had access without proper documentation certifying their possession of the land. Thousands of … Continue Reading

Graham, Scott Support 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

Wednesday | July 24, 2019

South Carolina's senators are doing their part to ease the burden of those who responded after 9/11. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott voted yesterday to permanently support the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. The measure passed 97-to-2. Graham tweeted he's very pleased the families of those affected will never have to worry about their claims being paid, and Scott said we will never forget the sacrifices of those who responded heroically after the … Continue Reading

Bill to require carbon monoxide detectors introduced in Senate

Thursday | July 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is sponsoring a bill that would require carbon monoxide detectors in federal assisted housing. This comes six months after two men tied in a Columbia housing project from carbon monoxide. Watch the video at the link … Continue Reading

Two senators encourage heirs’ property provision be implemented

Thursday | July 18, 2019

In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Doug Jones (D-AL) are urging the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately implement provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill that would benefit owners of heirs' property. Heirs' property is land that has been informally passed down within families, often for several generations, and can often lead to legal complications and prevent landowners from qualifying for federal assistance. The letter focuses on a … Continue Reading

Sen. Scott Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Support Investment in US Manufacturing

Thursday | July 18, 2019

U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced legislation to increase investment in American small manufacturers. The Strengthening Investment to Grow Manufacturing in America (SIGMA) Act would support American manufacturers through increasing affordable loans, incentivizing operation growth, and expanding financial resources and education assistance to small manufacturers. A companion bill in the House was introduced by U.S. Representatives Tim … Continue Reading

Scott accepting fall internship application

Wednesday | July 17, 2019

by Kayla Robins

College and graduate students in South Carolina who want a front seat to governmental offices have the chance to intern with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, this fall. Applications for congressional internships in Scott's Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices are now open. The internship program, which runs September through mid-December, offers undergraduate and graduate students "practical experience in constituent services, the legislative process, government … Continue Reading

Senators Scott, Schatz Aim to Preserve and Protect Flood-Prone Communities across America

Friday | July 12, 2019

U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced S.2088, the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act, which aims to ensure stronger protections for flood-prone communities. The Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act provides the first step towards breaking the costly cycle of repeated flooding and rebuilding by providing our communities with more tools to take proactive steps to reduce flood risk. "Having grown up along South Carolina's coast, I know all … Continue Reading

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