Gov. Haley gives 4th State of The State Address
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:44:40 GMT —
In Governor Nikki Haley's fourth State of The State Address, she pointed out that more than $10 billion has been invested in South Carolina with new companies building here and existing companies expanding.
"We have seen the lowest unemployment rate in five years and seen our rate fall two-thirds faster than the national rate," said Gov. Haley.
Governor Haley says more than 43,000 jobs have been announced in 45 out of 46 counties, and 186 existing companies have expanded.
"We have the fastest growing economy on the East Coast, and 70,000 more South Carolinians are working today than were just three years ago," said Gov. Haley.
The governor mentioned she wants to keep taxes on the families and the businesses of South Carolina down, as well as veto any bill that reaches her desk that raises taxes on gasoline.
"Our tax code needs to be simpler, flatter, and fairer. A year should not pass where we fail to move further down that road," said Gov. Haley.
Governor Haley stated that infrastructure must remain a priority.
She also said she will continue to stand up to the federal government, which she says is hurting South Carolina.
In Gov. Haley's last statement, she talked about education reform, which has been her top priority this year.
"We can transform education in South Carolina, and we can do it without raising a single tax, and without taking a single existing dollar away from a single district," she said.
Some of the proposed changes include: investing in education technology, better summer reading camps, and giving more money to South Carolina's neediest children.
"Our child should all feel like they have every opportunity to be as successful as they dream to be," said Gov. Haley.
Governor Haley ended her State of The State Address by saying she can't do this alone and that she needs help, support and energy to secure the future of the state.
To watch the full State of The State Address, and to see the Democratic response, click here.