Question: Unemployment in this state has hit record levels during the Great Recession. Job growth is slower than anyone would like. What is the first thing you would do as governor to get people back to work?
|Nikki Haley, Lexington, Republican||Morgan Reeves, Irmo, Green and United Citizens Parties||Vincent Sheheen, Camden, Democrat|
|ANSWER: Putting people back to work starts with delivering meaningful tax relief. We will study every tax and fee in South Carolina to determine the effectiveness of each — proposing truly comprehensive tax reform that makes taxes lower, fairer and flatter. And we will make eliminating business income taxes, starting with the corporate income tax, a priority. Our tax system has been band-aided to saddle some business with a greater burden than others. By leaving a quarter of a billion dollars in the private sector, we will enable South Carolina’s businesses to grow, and we will create an economic development tool that will help us recruit good, quality companies to South Carolina that brings new jobs and benefits the businesses already here.||ANSWER: The first and most important thing I will do as governor is to implement my Capital Campaign plan. The overhaul of our state transportation, communication and energy infrastructure, including building high-speed rail, ethanol production, solar and wind power plants, and statewide wi-fi will provide jobs for hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians. We will sell bonds to individual and private investors to finance the plan, giving all South Carolinians the opportunity to own a share of the project and reap future dividends as well.||ANSWER: My first action as governor will be to appoint a knowledgeable and capable secretary of commerce who will be dedicated to recruiting jobs and industry to our state. Unlike the last eight years, we need a governor with a commitment to be personally involved in economic development. As governor, I will focus every single day on actively recruiting new business and vigorously supporting existing businesses so that our citizens have greater access to good paying jobs. We should overhaul the Department of Commerce, maximize our port capabilities, and develop our technical college and higher education systems to fuel economic growth.|