Gov. Mark Sanford has laid out two issues he hopes to get federal help in resolving.
Sanford sent a letter Thursday to members of the South Carolina congressional delegation warning them of the consequences the state faces with health care reform. Sanford estimated 543,000 new individuals would be added to the health insurance program for the poor. Sanford said S.C. would face raising taxes to pay for the surge in enrollment.
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Sanford said South Carolina is facing a Jan. 1 deadline to comply with Homeland Security rules on driver's license safety, otherwise state residents will face extra security in airports and in federal buildings. The rules are intended to make it difficult to counterfeit government-issued IDs. But Sanford said the mandates are too costly. Sanford said he will request a waiver and hopes the Obama administration accommodates S.C.'s request, just as the Bush administration did.