“When we turn to creating jobs and encouraging economic development, we need to be thinking about where the smart investments are. The business community has told us repeatedly that these smart investments are infrastructure and education. Nationally, we’ve seen economies prosper where these two pillars are built up - it’s time we, in South Carolina, turn toward them as well. We can create long term prosperity by empowering our businesses, not by taking shortcuts.”


Social security benefits ensure that hard-working Americans can retire with dignity and peace of mind. We must protect this system by fighting those who want to reduce benefits for our seniors, increase the payroll tax rate, or move toward privatization. These are dangerous policies that would risk the well-being of millions of vulnerable Americans. Instead, we must pursue simple reforms, like eliminating the payroll tax cap, that would protect social security benefits for generations.


Our small businesses are the engines that power the Upstate economy. These businesses give our communities the charm and personality we cherish. By making it easier to navigate a consistently changing set of taxes and regulations, we can pave the path toward sustained growth for our communities.


No economy can function without proper infrastructure. Our highways, bridges, dams, and waterways are the backbone of a prosperous American society. Infrastructure projects are not only good for our long-term economic growth, but they create quality jobs as well. Tackling these projects sooner rather than later will save billions of taxpayer dollars in the future, and keep American commerce strong.


Improving education is not as simple as filling in a little bubble on a test card - it will take deliberative and sincere action on behalf of Congress and the President to craft a system that is at once both rigorous and fair, for all students. The foundation for that system must be based on three principles: competitive teacher pay, equal access to a quality education, and a commitment to well-rounded curriculum including creative opportunities.


We cannot resolve our national debt by ignoring it; we must make balanced budgets a fiscal priority. Nor can we restore balance to the budget through cuts alone. We can only put our country’s finances back on track through a combination of tax reforms and by taking a serious look at all areas of spending. It is morally imperative that Congress does not try to rectify its irresponsibility by slashing programs helping our most vulnerable, while wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on ventures that help no one.


We must not accept the false choice between growing business and helping workers. Businesses do better when their workers do better. This starts with a federal minimum wage that ensures no full time worker lives in poverty, with family leave that ensures no one is punished for taking care of a loved one, and with more accountability for business who intentionally abuse workers and their rights.