I agree with President Thomas Jefferson's most basic governmental theory; "That government is best which governs least." I also believe that educational attainment is key to economic growth, business growth, and jobs growth.
Further, I understand that many governmental supports, expenditures, and special interest provisions often have taxpayers spending their money for things that the private sector needs to. I know that by itself, the government has no money. Whatever it is spending, it's spending the people's money.
I am experienced enough to know where to find and how to eliminate some of the "hidden taxes we all pay". For example, the state Medicaid program does not even cover the costs of the benefits. More than half of all increases in private insurance go to underwrite what the state doesn't pay, yet South Carolina leaves a significant portion of its Federal match potential on the table.
I also know that over 20% of the state's Worker's Compensation "benefits" get paid to attorneys. This percentage is the highest in the entire United States. The program was intended as a tort reform approach to eliminate the need for a formal legal process. Every dollar spent on legal fees are dollars we waste when we purchase any goods or services. It's a hidden tax which I want to eliminate.
Correcting these two simple deficiencies alone could save South Carolina taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
I understand that it is not only excessive services and programs, but also state policies and procedures that cost taxpayers dollars. I'll work to change both.
There are many more ways we can help protect South Carolina taxpayers. Please give me your ideas in the comments section below.