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‘While I breathe, I hope’

posted Feb 2, 2018, 11:10 AM by Oconee Democratic Party

Posted on February 2, 2018, The Journal, Seneca, SC


After listening to Gov. McMaster’s State of the State address on Jan. 24, I wonder, which state is he living in? Gov. McMaster has failed South Carolina in so many ways. His tax plan, cutting $2.2 billion from the state budget, will not only ruin our state’s credit rating, it will cripple our schools. Over and over, this type of tax policy has shown it is bad for business, jobs and families. How will our citizens have health care, a good education, paved roads and safe bridges under this tax plan?

Improving education and caring for our children should be a priority. However, in his speech, Gov. McMaster offered no real solutions. South Carolina has failed to meet the constitutional requirement to create a “minimally adequate education” for all students. The governor vetoed more than $21 million in desperately needed funding for school buses.

Democrats led the charge and unanimously voted to override the governor’s veto. I am delighted that Sen. Alexander and Reps. Sandifer and Whitmire also voted to override the veto.

School buses that catch fire need to be replaced! Democrats have always stood up for our children while Republicans refuse to adequately fund our public schools.

Gov. McMaster conveniently failed to speak honestly about new tariffs and offshore drilling — proposed by President Trump — which will further damage South Carolina. What’s the point of praising Samsung and other manufacturers when he can’t help them keep jobs in South Carolina?

Lastly, the State of the State speech was the perfect opportunity for the governor to take on the Republican culture of corruption in Columbia by offering real reform, but he did not. It appears he does not have the courage to stand up to Trump and the powerful who put him in office.

With two smart, courageous, talented, caring candidates running for governor on the Democratic ticket in 2018, the good people of South Carolina should hope that this is McMaster’s one and only State of the State speech.

“While I breathe, I hope.”

Paulette Keffas-Chassin


Oconee Democratic Party