South Carolina residents and lawmakers are gearing up for the state’s 2020 legislative session beginning in January and the many hot-button issues that are up for debate this year.
One of the issues at top of mind is that of Santee Cooper.
In January, lawmakers will review recommendations for the state-owned utility, and make a decision on the future of the debt-riddled utility company.
With billions of dollars of debt that customers could be on the hook for, many customers are expressing their concern.
Here are just a few of the responses we’ve seen recently:
- “Once again our state government is sticking it to the taxpayers. They allowed this atrocity to go on for years and now they’re increasing salaries! How about the legislators taking a pay cut? Oh, wait. They may not be able to pay their “enhanced” electric bill.” – South Carolina Resident
- “Santee Cooper is the largest political honeypot in the State of South Carolina. High paying jobs for connected people, like the security force that’s paid two or three times what LE officers get who actually risk their lives. Executives are overpaid with 6-figure retirements. You have to know someone to get a job there. Facts! Sell the bloody mess and let it be managed properly by a private entity!!!” – Myrtle Beach Area Resident
- “I don’t believe the government should be part of the daily operation of any utility.” – South Carolina Resident
- “Sell it! A state-owned entity wIll never be as responsive and responsible as a privately-owned entity because it ultimately has no economic owners, has no incentive to be efficient, and has no one to be responsible to. Voters and government officials are simply not the same as shareholders. A state-owned entity is nothing but another political institution.” – Charleston Area Resident
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