It's no secret that our failing infrastructure is the most important issue facing South Carolina. Some of our elected officials want their constituents to think that this is not an easy problem to solve. I happen to believe there is a real, effective, and swift soution. We need to audit and reform SCDOT immediately so we the taxpayers can see exactly where our tax dollars are going. This audit, not an immediate tax increase, will almost completely solve the budgetary problem. Next, we need a no-nonsense roads bill that acually addresses the needs of our state. Finally, we need the commitment of our Govenor, legislature, and local elected officials to work together to solve this problem. In order for this plan to work we do not need Representatives that simply want to debate, we need ones that are willing to fight. I AM ready to fight, and I WILL be the one to get it done.
Improve our Economy
We South Carolinians are extremely fortunate to have one of the most business-friendly states in the country. But it was more than good fortune that got us to this point. We have a pro-business goverment, business-friendly leaders, and the pro-growth systems in place to bring businesses here. Our manufacturing industries are booming, and I want to make sure current and future South Carolinians have every opportunity to be the first in line to get these jobs. Our small businesses continue to be the backbone of our state's economy, and we need to make sure we are supporting them. As a small business manager, I know what crippling regulations can do to a business. I will fight against any regulations that may hurt our businesses.
No problem has been solved by raising taxes. As a true Conservative I firmly believe that lowering taxes benefits individuals, families, and businesses. Any fiscal problem we have at the state or local level can always be fixed by cutting spending. I will not support a tax increase of any kind.
I understand how vital education, and access to a quality one, is to obtainig a quality job. We need more emphasis on and support for vocational education programs beginning in high school so our children will be well prepared for manufacturing jobs. I also believe a larger emphasis needs to be placed on our community colleges and vocational schools. One of the biggest problems with our current education system is children being punished for where they live. We should not keep our children in failing schools because of their zip codes. I will fight for school choice and a voucher program because I know what our families are going through, and I want everyone to have access to a quality education.
Restore the Local Government Fund
For the last several years, counties and municipalities have had their hands tied by the State Legislature not fully funding the Local Government Fund. The Local Government Fund is supposed to provide local governments with the funding to provide state-mandated services. Although the Legislature is and has been statutorily required to provide necessary funding to local government agencies, they simply have not done so. This has lead to a number of counties raising taxes to cover the state unfunded mandates. I believe strongly that, if the state mandates local government to provide a certain service or increase the salary of certain employees, the state should pay for it and not force taxpayers to essentially be double-taxed. As State Representative, I will work to restore statutorily required funding of the local government, so taxpayers aren't burdened with local tax increases.