Health care, education, jobs to be focus of Gov. Nikki Haley's State of the State address

ashain@thestate.comJanuary 16, 2013 

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gov. Nikki Haley said her State of the State tonight will focus on jobs, infrastructure, cyber security, ethics reform and health care -- a hot-button issue since she rejected provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act.

“That will be a debate (on health care), but it’s also going to be more of not just ‘no’ but solutions,” Haley told reporters in previewing what she expects to be a 50-minute speech starting at 7 p.m. “A lot of people in South Carolina don’t realize that we are working on a lot things when it comes to health care.”

Haley also promised a different take with education, but she said she would not share any details until the speech tonight.

“It continues on what this administration has tried to do from Day One, which is change the image of South Carolina so that people are proud,” she said. “I think you’re going to hear a lot of successes, a lot of things that people don’t realize that have gotten done.”

Haley said she has “seen nothing but support from” state lawmakers, who will determine if her recommendations are followed.

A government restructuring bill that was a key part of platform died on the last day of the 2012 session. She will discuss the issue again tonight.

“There are going to be obvious things that we disagree on this year,” she said. “But it has been very respectful.”

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