While on the campaign trail these last few months, I met thousands of incredible families and hard-working small business owners in Berkeley and Charleston counties. In talking with District 99 constituents, several issues that I’ve been addressing over the course of this race continue to be at the forefront of the conversation.
Infrastructure and Roads – I heard again and again, how difficult it is for some people just to get to work or drop off the kids at school each day. We’re going to have a real crisis on our hands if we delay addressing our infrastructure needs a moment longer. I wrote a letter about how to go about fixing our roads and bridges. Please find it here: www.nancymace.org/roads.
Billion Dollar Boondoggle – This is the single most obvious example of government intrusion and ineffectiveness. Over the past decade, South Carolina politicians and regulators allowed consumers to be placed on the hook for billions in payments on a nuclear power plant that will never be constructed. We feel this pain where it hurts most, our wallets. Only 60% of the nuclear power plant was built before it was abandoned! Our leaders needs to take a long, hard look at this situation and ask a few questions: Does the state of South Carolina need to be in the energy business or can we leave that to the private sector? Does it make sense to sell off our assets at pennies on the dollar? We need to make a sound, business decision – not something to provide those who got us into this mess with political cover.
Columbia Has A Spending Problem – With a prosperous economy and low unemployment, we clearly don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. The legislature would rather earmark extra monies every year for pet projects than ask for a little extra for our roads here in Charleston or heaven forbid put some of it back into the hands of those who earned it. We need to change that mentality.
Education Reform. During this campaign I’ve emphasized how we can improve our future by addressing issues in a thoughtful manner. Issues like education reform and improvement must be tackled in a decisive manner that includes parents and educators who are willing to make the necessary changes to an unwieldy system. I want to empower our local communities to do what is in their best interests, rather than those of a bloated, out of touch statewide agency.
Meeting Our Financial Obligation for State Retirees – Recently, the Legislature tried fixing the pension system – the retirement for state workers such as school teachers, firemen and police officers, and we are billions of dollars in the hole. Serious questions exist as to whether the state can fulfill its obligation to these dedicated workers. And when Columbia says the ’employers’ will have to pay more to meet these obligations, don’t be fooled, employers are the taxpayers!
Special Interests – At the beginning of any discussion, we need to ask ourselves, what is in the best interest of the people of South Carolina? Then we need to formulate a plan that truly puts those interests first and not the interests of a few well-paid lobbyists, corporate fat cats, special interests or pet projects. That will be my focus on every issue that comes before the SC House of Representatives.
Working Together – I would be honored to serve you. I want to take what I’ve learned throughout almost 20 years in business and utilize that knowledge in Columbia. I will be a fiscally conservative and sound business voice that puts the interests of the people above politics.
I would love to hear from you about these or any other issues on your mind. I can be reached to talk or text on my cell at 843.580.6223 or by email at email@example.com. And remember, the general election is right around the corner, on Tuesday, Jan. 16th!