End the Corruption
The common thread among most of the challenges we face as a state come from one issue. We are woefully in need of real ethics reform. It is a sad state of affairs when the F.B.I. and special prosecutors are conducting a wide sweeping investigation on your elected officials. The corruption, cronyism, and lack of respect towards their constituents shows that the legislature needs to have strict ethical reforms imposed. The house and senate clearly can't regulate themselves so an independent ethics commission must be formed, and unethical behavior should be severely punished.
Infrastructure Reform and Fix the Roads
There is so much of waste and corruption in Columbia that if fixed it would be more than possible to restore our roadways to working order. The most important thing the legislature must do is real reform of our roads funding system. Reform is needed to prevent politically motivated crony projects from going forward while roads like Hwy 41, Clements Ferry Road, and others are neglected. Bad roads are not good for our safety, cars, or our businesses. The politically tainted State Transportation Infrastructure Board needs to be eliminated and it's functions performed by the S.C. Department of Transportation. The SCDOT additionally needs to be an agency under the office of the governor.
We also have to give people a choice in their energy providers and put a stop to monopolized utilities. These public private partnerships do nothing but socialize loses among the taxpayers while they privatize profits. If you want a representative who will do all he can to fix the corruption that has ruined our roads and affected our power bills then I'm your guy.
Pass the S.C. Fair Tax Act
South Carolina's tax system needs to be completely changed so that everybody who enjoys our fair state contributes and also so that we will have a system that will encourage economic growth. As your representative I will be a full supporter of the S.C. Fair Tax act and fight to have it implemented. It eliminates personal and business income taxes as well as others giving thousands of dollars in added income while replacing the current tax code with a modified sales tax system. It also has a built in prebate so that poorer citizens and those on fixed incomes are not unfairly burdened for purchasing the necessities of life. For more info on the S.C. Fair Tax visit www.scfairtax.org.
There needs to be a push in education for a shift back local control by parents and teachers. That is where educational decisions should be made and not by some bureaucrat in a office who knows nothing of the particular needs of your children. I will push for the decreasing of funds going towards administrative positions, and use the freed up resources to provide higher pay for our teachers. I will advocate for ways to increase the availability of school choice. I will advocate looking at the state level funding structures and regulations regarding poorer “corridor of shame” school districts to see what changes can be done at to ensure those students are getting a minimally adequate education. I will also push the "ABC'S" quality system to be mandatory in early childhood development centers so that children will have the best possible start to their educational journey.
The state pension needs to be replaced with a 401k/IRA system. Government mismanagement and the"fix" that followed is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. It is also costing state employees more money out of their paychecks for a woefully mismanaged pension that probably won't be worth anything by the time they retire because the core problems with the pension system haven't been fixed. There needs to be legislation that will secure the pension for those who are currently in the system. All new employees should be enrolled in the a 401k or a fixed contribution plan.