From The SC Policy Council:
You may be familiar with H 4200, believed to be geared toward using incentives to lure Bass Pro Shops into building in the Upstate. Yesterday, it passed the House on second reading with no debate or roll call vote. Today, it failed on third reading.
Why the sudden change? Transparency.
Legislative reformers asked for a roll call vote today - and what had passed effortlessly the day before was killed when the spotlight was on.
The bill failed because they know you're watching. You aren't letting government pick winners and losers. You've demanded that lawmakers protect existing businesses and taxpayers, not give away your capital to others.
Today, transparency and limited government won. Tomorrow it might not.
Lawmakers will again take up H 4200 on Tuesday (today) because of a motion to reconsider their final vote.
Also by all accounts, the House is meeting tomorrow to push through another MAJOR INCENTIVES BILL, H 4478, on third reading. Yet Fridays at the Legislature are usually reserved for local matters.
If this bill is such a great idea, why push it through under a dubious Friday vote? What we need is more - not less transparency - when it comes to economic incentives.