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    House Republican Caucus
    2023 Week 10 – A Transformational Investment in SC

    Overview:
    This week I voted to pass the 2023 State Budget. This budget received bipartisan support and I’m proud of the work we all came together to do in order to pass a budget that is fiscally conservative while funding the core functions of government.

    In this budget, we focused on reducing taxes and increasing our reserves, investing in our roads and bridges, recruiting and retaining our teachers and law enforcement professionals, and workforce preparedness through education and training initiatives. As a result we are positioning our great state for continued economic growth and ensuring South Carolinians have opportunities to prosper.

    Scout’s Investment into South Carolina:
    On Thursday, I voted in favor of the economic incentive package that will bring Scout Motors to our state. This joint resolution will now go to Governor McMaster to sign into law and make our partnership with Scout official. Passing this legislation will ensure the site, infrastructure, and workforce are ready for Scout Motors in 2026 when production is expected to begin. Scout Motors is a U.S. EV manufacturer backed by Volkswagen who is establishing their first manufacturing plant in Blythewood. The manufacturing plant will build all-electric, next generation trucks and rugged SUVs harkening back to the iconic Scout vehicles produced from 1960-1980.

    Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey layed out the details to my colleagues and me about why Scout chose South Carolina - our committed workforce potential and our business-friendly environment. This location provides Scout an unparalleled transportation opportunity - from our highways, airports, seaports, and railways. We are also a top 5 state for the concentration of material engineers, assemblers and fabricators, multiple machine tool setters, and machinists.

    The economic impact of Scout Motors is estimated to be $15.3 billion by 2029 with a start of a $4 billion investment and 8,000 jobs over the course of 2 phases. South Carolina will invest $1.291 billion for the following:

    ● Construction of a new I-77 interchange, construction of a railroad bridge over I-77, water and wastewater infrastructure, and mass grading and wetlands mitigation
    ● Acquire property to connect to the Class I rail mainline
    ● Build a training center publicly owned by Midlands Technical College to train South Carolinians for employment with Scout Motors

    Paving the Way for Resilient Infrastructure:
    We live in one of the fastest growing states in the nation, yet our roads and bridges are crumbling and traffic congestion seems like it’s at every corner. This year’s state budget will continue our financial investment in our roads and bridges. These investments will help South Carolina handle our increasing population growth and position the state for additional economic development. We have allocated $450 million in non-recurring funds to fix our current roads and bridges as well as fund new roads, new bridges, and to invest in solutions to combat traffic congestion. This budget provides for:

    ● $250 million in local and secondary road projects
    ● Accelerating the repair or replacement of bridges
    ● $7 million to the Rural Infrastructure Authority to improve public water and sewer utilities

    The Two Rs: Recruitment & Retention:
    South Carolina is seeing staffing shortages across the state, particularly in the healthcare and law enforcement fields. After conducting compensation studies and working with Governor Henry McMaster’s office, the S.C. House is passing a budget that increases salaries for state employees, law enforcement officers and teachers. It is imperative we provide resources to the next generation so we can develop students and job seekers who will join our workforce in the coming years. This budget provides for:

    ● Law and Order: Not only do I want to ensure our law enforcement officers have the training and resources they need to keep your family and themselves safe, but I also want to ensure that our schools are safe by investing in training and resources for our school resource officers

    ○ Raises new base salary to $50,000 for law enforcement officers
    ○ Hiring additional 188 School Resources Officers.
    ○ Hands on training for School Resources Officers at newly funded Center for School Safety & Targeted Violence

    ● State Employees:
    ○ Increase in salary for ALL state employees
    ○ Additional funds to cover increased costs of health insurance

    Collaboration and Transformation in Public Education:
    Through collaboration with Governor Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Ellen Weaver, there will be a transformative investment in education. Teachers prepare our next generation, which is why we are increasing starting and existing salaries. To ensure our students are prepared for the workforce, we are investing in our students by addressing literacy and learning loss. My goal is to not only create a safe learning environment, but create a learning environment that allows students and parents to have a voice and a choice. This budget provides for:

    Public Education/K-12:
    ● Teacher Pay increase by $2,500
    ● Funds to purchase schools buses and hire more school bus drivers
    ● Attracting school bus drivers
    ● $20 million towards school safety upgrades
    ● There will be a school resource officer in EVERY South Carolina public school
    ● Additional funds for tutoring programs to help close learning gaps

    Investing in Higher Education and Tech Schools:
    I am a firm believer that it is good common business sense to put money into higher education. Specifically, I believe that we should invest into South Carolinians, not programs, which is why we are freezing tuition prices as well as ensuring scholarships are fully funded. This budget budget provides for:

    ● Increasing access & affordability through tuition mitigation
    ● Funds scholarships and needs based grants
    ● $300+ million to fund maintenance and renovations at comprehensive and technical colleges

    Economic & Workforce Development:
    To ensure our State is competitive in attracting new businesses and maintaining the ones we have, we have to address our workforce needs and continue to invest in our State’s economic development infrastructure. This budget provides for:

    ● Addressing Critical Workforce Needs by funding scholarship programs, training equipment, and grants for small businesses.
    ● Provides for mitigation planning and response in the Disaster Relief and Resilience Reserve
    ● Incentives for in-state agriculture investments

    Reducing Taxes and Increasing Reserves:
    Part of being fiscally conservative is my commitment to reducing taxes and preparing for potential uncertain times of economic downturn. We have a legacy of reducing taxes in South Carolina and this budget will provide ongoing tax relief by further cutting property and personal income tax. As our nation is facing unprecedented times, it is important that South Carolina is prepared for whatever economic conditions . This budget provides for:

    ● $134 million in property tax cuts
    ● $96 million in personal income tax cuts
    ● $1 billion in the general & capital rainy day funds

    Prepared in Mind and Resources:
    I am proud to say that our healthcare budget is right in line with Governor McMaster’s executive budget. Currently, there are many gaps in services available to South Carolinians which is why we are investing more than $300 million in healthcare. I hope to address our behavioral health crisis and support our healthcare workers who take care of so many South Carolinians. This budget provides for:

    ● Increase compensation for nursing and mental health professionals
    ● Strengthening the State’s response to calls, texts and messages received for suicide prevention
    ● Increase access to mental and behavioral-health related services
    ● Assist Department of Mental Health in its maintenance of long-term care/nursing homes for veterans

    Military-Friendly as Ever:
    It is one of my top priorities to take care of the men and women who have risked it all for our country and our freedom. We have incorporated funds into this year’s budget to help fund veteran services as well as to fund our current military centers and communities. This budget provides for:

    ● Revitalization of our Military Readiness Center
    ● Support to the Military Enhancement Fund and Burial Honor Guard Support Fund
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    Looks good. While putting 1.9 Billion in for Scout, can we negotiate they make other options besides EV's? They can make their EV's just offer some other options people want and like maybe a gas option?


    Thanks for the update!
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    Thanks for the update, anything in there to address the pension fund deficit?

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    So is the $50,000 base pay just for state law enforcement? Because SRO’s operate on the city/county level and those jurisdictions hate the word “raise”.


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    The I-77 interchange and bridge to bring the railroad across the interstate.

    No doubt there is risk putting all the eggs in electric.

    No pension funding or changes.

    Base pay is for state law enforcement pay. It does reimburse the local government for SRO salaries. State LEO raises gradually float all boats or LEO's leave local govt for higher wages.
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    But wouldnt that require local taxes go up to cover the local LEO's? Sheriff Joy may want a raise for his deputies, and now feel compelled to give them a raise to retain them. However where is Sheriff Joy supposed to find the money to give out raises?
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    THANKS for teacher raises. Really appreciate that one

    Just make sure the “security upgrades” cover school districts that have ALREADY bit the bullet and upgraded security not just for those waiting to do it

    In A5 we added weapons detection systems to TL Hanna and Westside HS recently to the tune of $500K. In A5 we had full fledged SRO’s before other school districts but since we had done it ahead of time we get no state funds for this while others that waited got state funding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentweapon338 View Post
    But wouldnt that require local taxes go up to cover the local LEO's? Sheriff Joy may want a raise for his deputies, and now feel compelled to give them a raise to retain them. However where is Sheriff Joy supposed to find the money to give out raises?
    He can only give out what he is given by the county council.


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    Thank you for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck Tape View Post

    Prepared in Mind and Resources:
    I am proud to say that our healthcare budget is right in line with Governor McMaster’s executive budget. Currently, there are many gaps in services available to South Carolinians which is why we are investing more than $300 million in healthcare. I hope to address our behavioral health crisis and support our healthcare workers who take care of so many South Carolinians. This budget provides for:

    ● Increase compensation for nursing and mental health professionals
    ● Strengthening the State’s response to calls, texts and messages received for suicide prevention
    ● Increase access to mental and behavioral-health related services
    ● Assist Department of Mental Health in its maintenance of long-term care/nursing homes for veterans

    Military-Friendly as Ever:
    It is one of my top priorities to take care of the men and women who have risked it all for our country and our freedom. We have incorporated funds into this year’s budget to help fund veteran services as well as to fund our current military centers and communities. This budget provides for:

    ● Revitalization of our Military Readiness Center
    ● Support to the Military Enhancement Fund and Burial Honor Guard Support Fund

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentweapon338 View Post
    But wouldnt that require local taxes go up to cover the local LEO's? Sheriff Joy may want a raise for his deputies, and now feel compelled to give them a raise to retain them. However where is Sheriff Joy supposed to find the money to give out raises?
    Sheriff Joy would need to call on his friends at county council to increase the pay and funding.
    We are blessed to have the backing of our legislators and governor. If council doesn’t step up, shame on them.
    We have a link their deputies can click to receive a pay raise….Joinschp.com

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    All I see is people getting paid more and a lotta
    words. How will the taxpayers ultimately benefit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmettoTrooper View Post
    Sheriff Joy would need to call on his friends at county council to increase the pay and funding.
    We are blessed to have the backing of our legislators and governor. If council doesn’t step up, shame on them.
    We have a link their deputies can click to receive a pay raise….Joinschp.com
    Hence the question I asked.

    Council cant give money they dont have, they aren't the Fed. So what is the answer? Local taxes have to go up in order for council to have the money to hand to Sherif Joy.

    It isnt as simple as saying shame on them. There are only so much money in the pot, and either one of two things has to happen. Funding has to get pulled from another part of the county in order to give to sheriff Joy, then that part goes lacking. The only alternative in order to meet current obligations and hand over more money I raise taxes.

    That in turn raises the cost of living in the Pee Dee, which then negates the raise in the first place.
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    Anybody thought about at which point we will have industrialized/urbanized enough? Or is the plan to sponsor growth with tax dollars until there's not any rural land left?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMAC View Post
    Anybody thought about at which point we will have industrialized/urbanized enough? Or is the plan to sponsor growth with tax dollars until there's not any rural land left?
    No shit. Where is the end? Everything paved except government woods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JABIII View Post
    No shit. Where is the end? Everything paved except government woods?
    Let them repave what they have fucked up and see if they can get that right first.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbuckdown View Post
    Let them repave what they have fucked up and see if they can get that right first.

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