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Gov. McMaster: South Carolina Headed for 'New Prosperity'

Gov. McMaster: South Carolina Headed for 'New Prosperity'
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By    |   Thursday, 25 January 2018 03:04 PM

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster delivered his first State of the Union address on Wednesday and proclaimed The Palmetto State stands "at the dawn of a new prosperity" — but his Democratic challenger said the facts paint a dramatically different picture.

"In 2017, we announced more than 17,000 new jobs from over 120 economic development projects, with nearly $5 billion in new capital investment,'' said McMaster, a Republican who is filling the remainder of former Gov. Nikki Haley's second term and seeks a full four-year term this year.

"We have a lot to offer. Our port in Charleston will soon be the deepest on the eastern seaboard. Our two inland ports in Dillon and Greer provide unique logistical strength. And we have three research universities and a world-renowned technical college system.

"But newcomers all tell us the same thing: it's our people who make the biggest difference. South Carolina is a 'handshake state.' When someone from South Carolina gives you their word, they keep it."

McMaster said he wants to piggyback on the recent tax reform bill signed by President Donald Trump which he called "a great victory for American taxpayers and our economy."

"With the federal government cutting taxes, it is now more important than ever for us to do our part. I recently unveiled my executive budget, which proposes a $2.2 billion tax cut for every South Carolinian," McMaster said.

"The first year's cut amounts to $139 million … that's $139 million that would have gone to government, and will stay with you instead."

As reported by WLTX-TV, Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith, who delivered his party's response, said after McMaster's 45-minute address:

"I, like you, love South Carolina and because we love our state, we are committed to leaving an even better South Carolina for the next generation. Well, U.S. News and World Report ranked South Carolina dead last — 50th in education, 48th in opportunity for our citizens, 43rd in the condition of our infrastructure, and 39th in healthcare.

"I am tired of seeing South Carolina on the bottom of every list we want to be on the top of and on the top of every list we want to be on the bottom of. And I know you are, too. There is absolutely nothing, nothing you have just heard from the governor's version of the State of the State that will change that.

"The State of the State should be about our future, not the Governor's political future … We know that the potential in South Carolina is much more than the statistics would suggest, but the facts are the facts, and we need leaders who are willing to talk straight with us, the people of South Carolina, to tell us the truth, then work with us on a way to a better place."

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster delivered first State of the Union address on Wednesday and proclaimed The Palmetto State stands "at the dawn of a new prosperity" — but his Democratic challenger said the facts paint a dramatically different picture.
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