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Gov. Haley to revisit old themes during annual State of the State address

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Staff Report
Published Jan. 18, 2012

Gov. Nikki Haley said she’ll talk tonight about her administration’s success in attracting businesses to locate in South Carolina, and urge lawmakers to take up unfinished business in the session that got under way last week.

05/29/08 Columbia, SC: Nikki Haley. Photos by Renée Ittner-McManus/ 803.622.4054
Gov. Nikki Haley
“You are going to hear us talk about jobs,” Haley said at a midday preview of topics she plans to address in her State of the State speech tonight in the House chambers of the Statehouse.

The governor’s annual address will be broadcast on SCETV starting at 7 p.m. and lasting for about one hour.

Haley said she’ll renew her call for further reorganization of state government.

“They said a Department of Administration would be at the top of their agenda,” Haley said. “We’re going to hold them to that.”

Haley said she’ll have a tax reform agenda, but declined to outline the details before her speech this evening.

State business leaders have also raised concern about inadequate levels of state funding for highway improvements. Haley said she’ll address infrastructure needs in her speech, but was not specific in her preview.

But she also commented that she’ll again call for any growth in revenues to be returned to taxpayers or used to reduce the state’s debt.

Haley said she will have a proposal about changing the way South Carolina handles its Medicaid health care program.

She continues to favor a block grant system, Haley said, in which the federal government would give the state an allotment for health care for the poor and the state would decide how to spend it.

“You give us the money, and let us decide how to spend it. We’ll deliver more health care and spend less money,” Haley said.

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