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Greenville County Property Tax Increase Battle

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By MICHELLE SHUMAN, Greenville County Taxpayer Advocate (August 7, 2023): Who am I? Why am I here? What is our situation? Where do we go from here? These are the questions I want to briefly address.

I am Michelle Shuman. Some of you have seen my writings on Facebook and Nextdoor about the Greenville County property tax increase and other issues with the finances and operations of the government of Greenville County.

First, I am a child of God and I am totally out of my element. I teach preschoolers about God and His Word on Sunday so that is my comfort zone.

I am not a native, but as close to one as you can get without actually being one. My husband is a true native, born in the old Greenville General Hospital. My parents moved here in the mid 1960’s when I was only 9 months old and this became home.

I am going to give you a little bit of my life and work experience because it ties into some of what I am doing now with the County tax issue. You need to understand, I am just one of you. I am just a taxpayer seeking answers and frustrated with my government. I don’t have any special degrees or experience. My college and master’s degrees are in education.

After finishing my master’s degree, I moved to West Virginia for 5 years in the early 90’s to teach in a small Christian school near my grandparents. In the summers, I worked in a company’s accounting department where I quickly learned data entry skills and collections. Part of the collections’ duties involved research and problem solving. I moved back here in the mid 90’s and haven’t left since. I worked in healthcare briefly then began working for a real estate developer and builder. Part of my responsibility there was again data entry and spreadsheets. In particular, I entered the information so that one of the owners could keep a close watch on the costs of each individual house. He literally nickled and dimed each one, every single house. In addition, I helped with property management on some of the commercial properties including the office we were in which included moving it into a new space at one point. I’ve also worked for Nuvox Communications where I did auditing of their commissions systems as well as other work in their commissions department. Later, I would work in the commercial real estate industry where I really picked up a lot more experience with leases, sale of commercial property, zoning, codes, etc. Eventually I would end up working for a politician who is now no longer serving so now I can talk.

I bought my house in 2004 before my husband and I ever started dating. I had big dreams. It’s a cottage on a nice 1/3 acre. I wanted to make some changes. But the change in the property tax law changed all of that. If we made the changes I dreamed of, the reassessment would cause the taxes to skyrocket.

Early this past winter after we had paid off our home in the fall, my husband and I discussed that regrettably we would never really own our home because of property taxes. Another reality is if we were trying to buy a house today, the same house would be out of our price range.

When the Greenville County Council started talking about raising our property tax millage, I started thinking about the situation and what I knew about the laws and taxes. Ever since I started working in real estate the first time, I’ve watched the real estate around me. I, like I’m sure many of you, questioned if the County isn’t getting additional taxes from reassessment and all of the sales. So, I got up one Saturday morning and started researching my own street. I knew which houses had sold and even the ones that had been remodeled or had additions. That was the start of my research. All of this information is based on public records. Anyone can easily access the information.

I did the taxable values back to 2016, but I could only see the last 3 years of tax bills online. I looked at the county tax line of the property tax bills only. In 2021, the County received an addition $294.79 in taxes over what it received in 2020. In 2022, the County received an additional $1,194.34 in taxes over what it received in 2021. The increases in taxable values were $73,250 for 2020 over 2019, $362,920 for 2021 over 2020, and $628,960 for 2022 over 2021. Most of these homes are owner occupied and only two have undergone significant remodeling or additions. All other increases are either from sales or reassessment. So yes, reassessment, remodeling, and sales is making a difference in what our County gets.

I did this same exercise to see the difference in a newly developed subdivision near my home and I also looked at some new commercial properties and apartments compared to existing commercial properties and apartments. Every time the results showed that the County is getting more money from the reassessments, sales, developments, and remodeling.

Another thing I looked at was the overall property tax revenues for the County back to 2015. The previous budgets are all online on the County’s website. I looked at property tax revenue only and not any other revenue source that the County has.

The County is increasing its property tax revenues every year on the average of 4.89%. Even in the reassessment year, the increase was 3.59%. In 2015, the County took in almost $81 million. In 2022, the County took in almost $113 million. So, in 2022 the County took in $32 million more than they did in 2015. During this time there has not been a millage increase yet the amount of money taken in has still increased every single year including the reassessment year.

This information took me to asking questions and learning more information. I discovered the SC Association of Counties website. This is a great resource of information. Among the wealth of information is definitions, tables, comparisons of the State’s counties and opinions on issues. This was a great way to start checking the information that our county officials were giving us. Among the many reports on the website is a report for each year that gives each county in the state and the different taxes and fees charged in each county. The most recent information they have is for 2022 so that is the numbers we will be using.

First, what is millage? It’s just a fancy term for the way property tax rates are expressed and is written as a percent number. A mil is equal to $1 of tax per $1000 in assessed value.

Below is the breakdown for the number that the SC Association of Counties is using for its comparisons in defining “County Base Millage Rate.” In 2022, Greenville County’s base millage rate was 59 mils: County General Fund: .03930, Greenville Tech: .00500, Library: .00800, Art Museum: .00140, Debt: .00040, Charity Hospitalization: .00230, Certificates of Participation: .00100, and Solid Waste: .00170. This does not include any other entity like municipalities, school board, fire districts, sewer, etc. This number does include Greenville Tech and the Library because that is what the SC Association of Counties included. We all pay this base amount no matter where we live. In my writings, this is the number and definition I have stuck to when comparing us with other counties.

The value of one mil is an approximate value based on a percentage of the county’s total assessed value contingent upon 100% of the tax being collected. The value of a mil is important because it shows where we rank in the state as compared to the other counties based on the assessment of our properties. It is very important to note that our county tax assessor’s office sets the taxable assessed value on each property. That may or may not be market rate.

For 2022, Greenville County’s value of a mil is $2,811,527. For 2022, we are ranked second behind Charleston County which has a value of a mil of $4.7 million. Horry County is 3rd in the state at $2.7 million.

In Greenville County we have a lower millage rate, but are paying more in taxes because our assessed value is higher. All of our neighboring counties have a much lower value of a mil. This means a house appraised for $250,000 in Greenville would be considered less house than one appraised for $250,000 in another upstate county. To raise $20 million the approximate amount our County Council is seeking to raise, Anderson would need to increase their millage by 23, Pickens by 31, Oconee by 33, Laurens by 107, and Spartanburg by 130. So, when our leaders try to make it sound like we are low in our taxes compared to others, they are not telling the full story. Yes, our millage is lower, but our properties are assessed considerably higher than they would be in other counties.

Over this past weekend I was given a piece of paper by someone not on County Council. I had not seen this information before. It was something that Joe Kernell gave to the Council but was never made public. On it, Mr. Kernell gives the 2023 value of a mil for Greenville County as $2,975,570. This number is dated April 4, 2023 long before our real property tax bills will be printed. In the budget, he bases his estimates on collecting 88% of the taxes due the County. Based on this new value of a mil, this means that without the tax increase the County’s property tax revenue was estimated to go up to $126,735,477. This is an increase of $13,775,081 over the 2022 collections. With the tax increase, the revenue is estimated to go up to $145,064,988 which is an increase of $26,258,824.

To figure your property tax: the taxable appraised value is multiplied by the assessment ratio. That amount is then multiplied by the millage rate. On the County’s website, there is a table for 2022 that shows each tax district and the total millage for that district combining all taxing entities.

I listened to the budget workshop and started reading the budget. Inordinately high budget increases started jumping out at me and when I would try to find out why, there weren’t any concrete answers. I learned we don’t do zero-based budgeting. We also don’t have a true budget, not even really a spending bill as Joe Kernell is authorized to transfer money from account to account however and whenever he desires without asking the County Council thereby changing the budget. An example of this is the time when he put a $1 million crane purchase in the budget under roads. The money for a new crane was in there to reserve the money for future use. No one is sure whatever really happened to the money. He actually referred to the crane money at this year’s budget workshop. Then I looked at the Auditor’s report for 2022 and even more questions arose.

I also took the expenses that are listed on the County’s website for both the new buildings and the Halton Road building and put them in a spreadsheet. Talk about eye-opening. Here is where I discovered we spent just under $60,000 on water bottles, coffee cups, and coffee tumblers alone. This exercise also showed how sloppy things are entered into the website. Whether it was accidental or intentional so we wouldn’t know the whole truth, I don’t know, but in an organization that size there is no excuse for the sloppiness.

A lot of my writing came in direct response to things that were said on the news and in meetings by our county officials.

I’ve had multiple people reach out to me in private to give me information or to tell me where to look. I don’t reveal my sources.

There remains a pile of questions to ask and information to sort through. There are still all of the questions I’ve asked that need to be answered.

This same research really needs to be done for each governing entity within our county.

Yes, we lost the vote on the property taxes, the battle. But we are in a war which we have to continue to fight and win. Now is the time to start working on replacing these people who voted against the tax payer. Our county government must become more open. We must put pressure on them to put more things online. They must stop giving money away to special interests. Just because it sounds good doesn’t mean we the tax payer should be paying for it. You can look for the roads to come up again soon in the form of another tax – probably either a sales tax or an additional road maintenance fee. You can also look for a discussion on the Triumph Soccer Stadium. Is the money hidden in the budget? Probably, but where? Only Joe Kernell knows for sure. We must not continue to allow the citizens to have a short memory. We must continually remind them. My goal is to continue to write on issues and keep reminding people so that we don’t forget before the local election cycle starts next year.

You can watch Mrs. Shuman’s presentation below –

https://youtu.be/0YzRp5I-mFs?t=1002

Resources:

Greenville County website: www.greenvillecounty.org

The South Carolina Association of Counties website: www.sccounties.org)

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Happy President’s Day 2024

February 19th, 2024

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Today is PRESIDENTS’ DAY, so read up on the history of this holiday and enjoy the day off with family and friends.

Know too that in just FIVE DAYS, Saturday February 24th, 2024, South Carolinians will be determining who will likely be the next President of the United States.  If you are a Republican, remind your friends and neighbors to GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV).

We haven’t had a Republican Primary in South Carolina in 8 years … early voting is going on statewide (just not today) on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday … and the Big Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) is on Saturday from 7am – 7pm.  Let your voices be heard and …

GET OUT THE VOTE!!! 


Wikipedia (HERE)


Election Day Countdown (as of 02/19/2024):

  • Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2024 – 5 days (SC Presidential Primary)
  • Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 – 15 days (Super Tuesday)
  • Saturday, March 16th @ Noon – 26 days (SC Filing Opens)
  • Monday, April 1st @ Noon – 42 days (SC Filing Closes)
  • Tuesday, June 11th, 2024 – 113 days (SC Primaries)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2024 – 260 (ELECTION DAY)

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Who Is Fixing FIRST STEPS?

Why would a member of the SC Freedom Caucus sponsor a leftist bill?

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Back on June 20th, 2023, the day after the Governor signed the new FIRST STEPS “Fiscal Accountability” bill (H4023) into law we wrote about this bill. We noticed it because it was pushed through outside of session (during the summer) and was passed UNANIMOUSLY by both the SC Senate & the SC House.

Read the article HERE.

Read the H4023 Bill:  HERE.

FIRST STEPS is also a darling program of the left.  We knew this because it was a negotiating tool in our school choice fight over the past decade.  In order to get any advancements for “school choice” … the left (in this case Democrat former Senator Vincent Sheheen) would ask for more “stuff” for FIRST STEPS.  Guess what, he always got it, and we got nothing for school choice.  This is why we are involved!!!

Those are all HUGE “red flags” when it comes to legislation as the SC State House … and that is before we even get into the details of the bill …

(#1) Allowable overhead expenses were increased from 8% to 13% … that is a massive increase for the leftist Pre-K reading program.

(#2) Public Library Employees are now required to be on each of the 46+ FIRST STEP partnership boards.

(#3) More child “data sharing” with the government.

Who would agree to any of that???


Stewart Jones (R – Laurens) – Lead Sponsor of H4023


We were further surprised when we discovered that the lead sponsor of this bill was no other than Rep. STEWART JONES of the SC House Freedom Caucus … and now a candidate for US Congress to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (HERE).

Why would a member of the SC Freedom Caucus sponsor a leftist bill? Then we noticed a whole lot of the SC Freedom Caucus members sponsored the bill.

Strange right???

Not really. There is A LOT of money in education … and it is good to have the leftist (which you just gave a 62.5% raise to) on your side when you are running for higher office … like Congress.

THE GRASSROOTS MISSED IT!: Where was the “CALL TO ACTION” from the SC Freedom Caucus to help get this bill passed? There was none because if we had been asked to call in support of this bill, someone would have read the bill … and asked the question … WHY???

This needs to be fixed … by the SC Freedom Caucus.



We have reached out to the SC FREEDOM CAUCUS several times to ask about this mess … with no response.  We have searched the newly filed bills since passage … and there is nothing that we can find that will fix this mess.

So we are asking publicly … what is the status???  Who is going to fix the obvious errors of H4023 as championed by the SC Freedom Caucus???

WHO???


It is a REAL PROBLEM!


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Judicial Reform Livestream TONIGHT

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Full mySCGOP Article: HERE

GCRP Event Details: HERE

Tonight is the night!!!

Join us for a LIVESTREAM presentation of the Greenville County Republican Party (GCRP) meeting featuring guest speakers speakers Solicitor David Pascoe (1st Judicial District – Calhoun, Dorchester & Orangeburg) & Dorchester) & Solicitor Kevin Bracket (16th Judicial District – York & Union) speaking about SC Judicial Reform.

Hear real life stories about what is going on in our SC Courtrooms!!!  How VICTIMS can not find JUSTICE!!!  It is truly hard to believe.

Hear directly from SC Solicitors who appear in the Courtroom daily … not just legislators with no first hand experience “talking” reform bills … but real life examples of what is really going on with our Lawyer-Legislators in Columbia, the conflicted Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) (HERE) … and our failed SC Judicial System.

JOIN US!!!  

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

7PM … Live or Online!!!  (Doors open at 6pm)


Mauldin First Baptist, 150 S. Main Street, Mauldin, SC 29662


We saw this presentation a the Lexington County Republican Party (LCRP) meeting back on Monday January 9th.  We know a few things have been added to the PowerPoint … but the crowd in Lexington was on the edge of their seats for the entire presentation … wanting more!!!

See Solicitor Rick Hubbard (11th Judicial Circuit – Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick & Saluda) recap the COOKOUT KILLER case and how Lawyer-Legislator Todd Rutherford (D – Richland) used his legislator status to avoid court appearances and drag out justice for over 5 years.

It is hard to believe … so watch yourself … 


The Cookout Killer (01/08/2024):  HERE


Full Article (01/09/2024):  HERE


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Not ESG, Not DEI … but MEI

Cities are racing for higher scores

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Friends, if you did not see yesterday’s email … do not miss the opportunity to join us on MONDAY, February 5th, 2024 in Greenville SC (actually Mauldin) for a JUDICIAL REFORM presentation that will be like none other you will see.  Hear directly from SC Solicitors who appear in the Courtroom daily … not just legislators “talking” reform bills that have no first hand experience … and hear examples of what is really going on with our Lawyer-Legislators in Columbia, the conflicted Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) (HERE) … and our failed SC Judicial System.

JOIN US!!!  

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Full mySCGOP Article: HERE

GCRP Event Details: HERE



We have all been hearing about Environmental, Social and Governance scores (ESG) & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) … but have you ever heard anyone talk about a Municipal Equity Index (MEI)???

WHAT IS MEI???:  It gets deep … but basically this appears to be the coordinated push for expanded LGBTQ+ Rights within our Cities all over America by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (Wikipedia HERE).  They raise about $25 million per year … so well funded for sure.

You can learn more about their MEI scores by going to their website (https://www.hrc.org/mei) … but basically Cities are scored based on a set of criteria.  Here are a few … 

  • Non-discrimination laws. This category looks at whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation.
  • Municipality as employer. Cities can achieve points for inclusive employment policies like trans-inclusive healthcare policies and non-discrimination in city employment.
  • Services and programs. This section considers the city’s efforts to include LGBTQ+ folks in city services and programs.
  • Law enforcement. Looking at the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Leadership on LGBTQ+ equality. This section looks at city leadership’s commitment to advocacy and inclusion.

Once you see the criteria, you can start to understand why Government & Elected Officials wanting a “higher score” are doing what they do.

Do a little “google research” and let us know what you find / think. 


HOW DID WE FIND IT???:  Well we had never heard anyone talking about MEI … and were floored to learn about it (but not surprised as it explains a lot) … but our friends in the Greenville Pro-Life Committee dug it up working on exposing the ANTIFA like tactics being employed by the Pro-Death advocates at Greenville County’s abortion clinic.  As for the Pro-Life Committee’s good work, take a look for yourself at what is going on out at Greenville’s abortion clinic:  https://lifeongroveroad.com/   

WELL, THAT EXPLAINS A LOT ABOUT GREENVILLE SHERIFF HOBART LEWIS!!!:  The ANTIFA like violence at the abortion clinic has gotten significantly worse over the past four years under the administration of Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis (HERE) … and no one has been able to figure out why given he ran for office as a pro-life Sheriff.  [“Watch what they DO, not what they SAY.“]  Even though Sheriff Hobart Lewis is a County Official … not City / Municipal … what happens at the abortion clinic is related to the “blue” City of Greenville MEI score … and it all seems to explain the lack of law enforcement by Sheriff Lewis at the abortion clinic given the growing focus on MEI within the City of Greenville.

Plus a “do nothing” Greenville County Council made up of 10 “Republicans” and 2 “Democrats” doesn’t help either.  Anyone surprised?

More on all that revealing story some day soon … 

CITIES ARE RACING FOR HIGHER SCORES!!!   We have all been wondering why our cities / municipalities have seemingly been going more pro-LGBTQ+ … wondering why have they been setting up LGBTQ+ only commissions … and why has LAW ENFORCEMENT been more lenient on the “Left” than the “Right”.

Well … because that is how you get a HIGHER SCORE on you MEI … and we have to get a higher score … right? 


11/16/2023 Article & Video:  HERE


Think it is not happening in other cities in South Carolina … well look at the City of Myrtle Beach … and remember what SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick did over there to the America FIRST Patriots at the HORRY COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY (HCRP) who all voted out the “establishment” in ReOrg 2021.

A higher MEI score … better for business & the Chamber of Commerce … and thus better for Drew McKissick??? We are sure this MEI mess is something our HCRP America FIRST Patriot friends would have been fighting … yet Drew McKissick targeted them (like GOP Leadership in Greenville, Oconee, Lexington, etc., etc.) for removal.

Well in Myrtle Beach, their MEI score skyrocketed from 59 to 99 in 2022 … all at the same time Drew was removing opponents to MEI.

Yes, Drew is just a small part of the overall issue … but are we connecting the dots and seeing what “Republicans” are doing statewide???

Watch the video in the article … it is amazing stuff.

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS: And as an important sidenote … this is an “official” Board & Commission for the City of Myrtle Beach (HERE)!!! Think any conservatives are on that board? We keep reminding folks … it’s not just library boards … you need to get on all BOARDS & COMMISIONS … NOW!!! (See HERE & HERE)

More on MEI later … but get this on your radar today!!!


11/16/2023 Article & Video:  HERE


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S285 … it is PERSONAL

What have you done to help one child?

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An associate mentioned to me recently that “I should not take it personally” related to something with our school choice advocacy for S285, the PACE/ACE Scholarship Bill (see HERE & HERE).

It was not like there was any heated discussion … just a general statement about the overall “fight” for any legislative measure.  In fact I tell people all the time this is a long game … don’t burn out … so in some respects I agreed.

But as I thought about it … I actually SHOULD take it personally.  Personally in the sense that it motivates me to push HARDER.  In fact we all should get (pardon my language) … REALLY PI**ED OFF … when we see legislators and others purposefully quashing game changing legislation that will change children’s lives.

S285 is not some unusual or untested school choice gimmick.  350,000 kids a year get scholarships under similar programs in 30 +/- other states.  The structure has been around for over 25+ years.  No Tax Credit Scholarship (TCS) program like it has ever been found unconstitutional.  Georgia non-profits raised $120 MILLION for their program in 1 day this year (HERE) … citizens love these programs!!!  

And worse … it actually worked in South Carolina for three years (2014, 2015 & 2016) until corrupt political operatives, monied special-interest, and self-interested “Republican” legislators DESTROYED IT … and in turn destroyed the lives of children with special needs … and a lot more.

YES … we should take it PERSONALLY!!!


Why should we take it personally?  Because between 2014 and 2016, when our independent 501(c)(3) non-profit was one of five involved in the administration of the special needs school choice program (as it is run by independent non-profits in 30 other states) … we helped increase attendance substantially at good Christian & “unwoke” private schools.  It wasn’t rich kids … it was middle and lower class kids with special needs that could not afford these private schools without our help.

EXAMPLE #1:   One dyslexia school went from 70 something kids to over 130 … in just 3 years. Many of those kids could not read when they were first enrolled, but within months (and in some cases weeks) they could read and no longer thought they were just “stupid”.  That is life-changing.

EXAMPLE #2:   Another one of our full spectrum special needs schools went from 5 kids to over 30 in those three years. The kids getting help were the poorest of the poor. Instead of being stuck in a corner of a public school classroom where they were mocked and bullied, those kids found a FAMILY. A real family and a place to belong feel loved, accepted and most importantly being able to learn.  It truly was a beautiful place, and the thought of what happened to that school (it is now closed because of the government takeover of the program) drives me daily to push harder.

EXAMPLE #3:   We also gave a scholarship to a kid who was left under a bridge as an infant.  Yes, left under a real overpass bridge … like in a movie, but it wasn’t a movie.  The child had problems – who would not … and no big public school classroom with 30 kids could provide what that child needed … and the family that adopted the child could not afford a $20,000 a year private school.  Well, we paid half of the tuition (the $10,000 legal limit at the time) and the school generously waived the other half … so that child was provided the help the needed. 

And that is our “WHY”, because of 10,000 kids just like this, because they are out there and they are NOT receiving the help today!


Haters to Blame:  There are some bitter, angry and envious folks out there who might say we are full of it … the political gadflies … ones who falsely accuse us of some personal financial interest … but what have those people done for a single kid?  A specific child whose life has changed because of what they did, legislatively? They have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING … just part of the status quo do nothing problem … but they are full of complaints and GOSSIP … and I would not want to be in their shoes when they reach the pearly gates.

Legislators to Blame:  And yes, there are some innocent elected officials and others that don’t really know what is going on … even though they should know better than to plead ignorance, and they should be asking us what’s up.  But there are some elected officials and bureaucrats that know EXACTLY what they have done (or allowed to be done) to children.  It is why I have a “difference” with certain legislators … especially those that cry for liberty & school choice the loudest … our self professed legislative “champions” … yet they sit quietly if it might impact their re-election … or offend the HATERS.  It is not because I have some “political battle” with these people … or they are political opponents … in fact we could be their biggest allies … but because of their silence many would consider them hypocrites.  They know exactly what they need to do … and they refuse.


WHY WE ALL SHOULD TAKE IT PERSONAL?  We should because it is our civic duty … it is our cause and our cross to bear … much like many of you have your cause you fight for and take foolishness personally.  And we do if for how we have seen first hand how children’s lives … a lot of children in fact … were changed in just a few short years from 2014 – 2016.  We stayed in this fight for those kids and families that have no voice … and because of the CORRUPTION we saw.  We have been personally pummeled with lies you could not imagine … as well as so much hate it would blow your mind.  

But we put up with it … and will not quit … because we WILL help those 10,000 kids.


#NeverSURRENDER!!!

#NeverFORGET!!!

#ItIsPERSONAL!!!

Jeff Davis is co-founder of mySCGOP.com. Jeff is a ’89 graduate of The Citadel and in 1993 received his Law/MBA from USC. A tax attorney / CPA licensed in Georgia, Jeff is an uncompromised school choice advocate for K-12 children with special needs. Originally from Charleston, and having practiced in Atlanta, Jeff and his wife Olga now live in Greenville. Jeff completed his two year term as Greenville County Republican Party Chairman and is currently serving as GCRP State Executive Committeeman.

Jeff is also “barred” from attending the SCGOP State Executive Committee Meetings (HERE). Why? Because he dared to run against Drew McKissick for SCGOP Chairman – coming in 2nd with Drew only being reelected by 1.8% (HERE & HERE) – and in September 2021 he told the State Executive Committee that Chad Connelly had been under SLED investigation for a year and a half … and it was true (HERE & HERE).

Interestingly … Braylee Estep can attend the SCGOP State Executive Committee meetings … unlike the elected State Executive Committeeman from the largest county in South Carolina representing 12% of the entire state.


June 19th, 2023 Article: HERE


December 15th, 2023 Article: HERE


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$4.2 Million – ESA “Payday” Begins!!!

ClassWallet gets $4.2 million for a program that is likely to be found unconstitutional

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Do you support 100% government run private school choice? Aside from maybe the military … do you support 100% government run anything?  #NO!!!

So why do people support “Education Savings Accounts” … or the falsely named “Universal School Choice”?  They are both 100% government run.  Conservatives should oppose that right?  Especially in a state with a Republican super majority. 

Weird right.  😉

Well, folks think they support ESAs and the new buzzword, “Universal School Choice”, because there is a TON of monied special interest dollars “marketing” these terms to good conservatives.  

As we teach … beware of the mental manipulation and the collective illusion (HERE).  

“Universal School Choice” sounds great … but dig deeper … and think 10 or 20 years from now what a 100% government run “Universal School Choice” program (as the term is used by monied special interest today) really means.


SC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNTS: Recall that South Carolina passed it’s bastardized (to put it kindly) version of 100% government run school choice ESAs in May 2023 to much monied special interest fanfare. Well guess what, as we predicted, the “new” ESA is already been sued and is currently tied up in the South Carolina Supreme Court (HERE). The case is not scheduled for oral arguments until March 6th, 2024 at 10:30am … if there are no delays.

TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: We on the other hand support and fight for Tax Credit Scholarships … like the PACE / ACE Scholarship Bill (S285) which is 100% free-market, and 100% constitutional … literally bullet-proof legally. It is the grandaddy of school choice … 350,000 kids a year get private tax credit scholarships annually in about 30 states … and NEVER has a Tax Credit Scholarship program been shut down as unconstitutional. It is the best of ALL worlds … and guess what … we don’t get paid to push Tax Credit Scholarships (or S285) … and we don’t know anybody in America that get’s paid to push Tax Credit Scholarships. Why? Because their is no huge profit for anyone to make!!! Tax Credit Scholarships just work, are 100% constitutional, and they take care of kids.

But the monied special interest are all pushing “ESAs” and the falsely named “Universal School Choice” bills. Why? BECAUSE THEY GET PAID!

And the ESA PAYDAYs have started in South Carolina. The first one last month … $4.2 MILLION … but that is just the tip of the iceberg.


This is just the start of what we predicted would be HALF A BILLION (if not more) into the pockets of the monied special interest with the passage of South Carolina’s Education Savings Account Bill (S39) … see HERE … but to see the actual contract award of the first $4.2 MILLION turns your stomach.

On a personal note … it is especially disgusting as the monied special interest “lackeys” accuse us of only doing what we do for school choice for the money. Ha … we call that “projection”! The only problem is the folks that accuse us of such are generally too stupid to realize they are being played. You know who they are. 😉

And remember … because of the Eidson, et al. vs. SC Department of Education, et al. lawsuit to shut down the ESA in South Carolina (HERE) … AGAIN, for the third time … why are we awarding this ClassWallet company a $4.2 million contract for a program that is likely to be found unconstitutional … AGAIN, for the third time … in the next six months?


We may not like these monied special interest people like ClassWallet who care more about self than service … but the real sad part is (#1) the kids who are losing because of ESAs and will not be served … and (#2) the general long term effects of expanding government “indoctrination” education, and specifically the loss of true private education given the government strings attached to ESAs.

Remember … just say NO to money with government strings attached and no independent protections!!!  South Carolina has a “Republican” super majority … we do not have to accept government strings.

#SaveOurSchools!!!


We will have more on these guys later … but WOW, do they have a good gig going … if you don’t mind selling out children to line your own pockets.

But, that is capitalism … the free-market would normally take care of a company like that.  What we don’t like are the ELECTED OFFICIALS that help companies like ClassWallet … the legislators that put their finger on the scale and destroy the free-market in order to line their own pockets.

Stay tuned … 

Article:  HERE


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