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After reading Skyler Baldwin’s April 11 article entitled, “Record 3.3M trees to be planted in SC on Earth Day,” I wish Baldwin would have asked why pine seedlings are being planted in April when they have little chance of survival.
Loblolly pines (and other trees) planted in South Carolina do much better when planted while dormant (October through March). That’s why South Carolina celebrates Arbor Day in December each year. Surely the Forestry Commission should know!
Here’s an angle I haven’t seen before that you might consider:
The governors continue with the excuse that S.C. cannot afford to expand Medicaid eligibility, saying after the $790 million “gravy train” runs out, S.C. will be stuck with the bill. How much of a “bill” will it get stuck with, you ask? The sticker cost of expansion is pegged at $95 million by Kaiser Family Foundation, but we all know that the net cost to the state would be much less for all the reasons we have cited. (Moving 100% coverages pre-expansion for incarcerated and mental health patients to 10% post-expansion, economic stimulation and positive tax revenue generation, lower costs for us all by relieving hospitals of burden for uncompensated care, etc.)
But even using the $95 million figure as the “hard” number, that is only 0.03% of S.C.’s $3.1 billion budget from several years ago, probably even more infinitesimal a percentage against the 2022 budget. Can’t “afford” it? Give me a break.
I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around a legislature which wants to prevent the majority of abortions one the one hand, yet on the other hand will make open carry of guns available to any moron who can listen to one class in safety.