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Issue Position: Government Restructuring & Reform

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GOVERNMENT RESTRUCTURING & REFORM

Candidates talk about it during campaign season, but I've been a consistent leader at the Capitol for restructuring and reforming the size and scope of State Government. I support limited government and less regulations.

Department of Administration -- As Primary Author of the enabling legislation for the Department of Administration, I pushed hard to authorize the Governor to reorganize the administration of state government and make it a cabinet position. This reform measure was the largest restructuring of state Government since Governor Carroll Campbell.

Spending Limitations -- I was the lead sponsor on House Bill 3107, which limits the growth in spending of your State Government to no more than that of your wallet. This bill has passed the South Carolina House 8 time now. Even though the Senate refuses to pass this legislation, The House unilaterally abides by the spending limitations in all of our House budgets.

OPPOSED South Carolina Gas Tax -- I was pleased that Governor McMaster kept his promise to veto the South Carolina's gas tax legislation.

Right after the Gas Tax vote, I issued the following statement:

"Instead of overhauling the Department of Transportation or looking for alternatives sources of funding for road improvements, the General Assembly just passed the largest tax increase in the history of South Carolina. I voted against this tax increase and voted to sustain Gov. McMaster's veto."

Restructuring First Steps -- As a member of the Study Committee of the House, Senate and private sector appointed to study the successful school choice early childhood education program, I was instrumental in forming the improvements that gave greater accountability and structure to the program.

Exceptional Needs Choice Program -- I support School Choice and believe in empowering parents to be able to send their child or children to the school of their choice -- without government interference. I was the primary author of the legislation to make this highly successful school choice program for our special needs children a permanent part of state law.


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