Taxes buy health insurance, pensions for thousands
Taxpayers pay for retirement and health insurance for thousands of non-government employees.
Nonprofit organizations and quasi-government groups benefit from the state pension and health insurance systems including:
• Municipal Association of SC representing 271 incorporated municipalities and SC Association of Counties representing all 46 counties.
• SC School Boards Association representing the boards of all 79 public school districts.
All 3 are registered lobbyists, according to State Ethics Commission records.
• SC Research Authority, a multimillion-dollar nonprofit is part of the state health insurance system.
• Taxpayer-owned Santee Cooper which is more than $15 billion in debt after abandoning its $9 billion nuclear project with SC Electric & Gas.
For the thousands of others who benefit from taxpayer-financed health insurance and pensions see Thursday's Chronicle.