Vigorously Promote Economic Development -- A strong economy benefits everyone. It means families will be able to realize the dream of home ownership, a first class public school system, a college education for children, and retirement that allows our citizens to live with dignity. We must have quality jobs that provide a real opportunity for the future. To do so, our legislative delegation must work to make our region more appealing by improving infrastructure, creating an atmosphere for business to flourish, and actively promoting our county for economic investment. I will work tirelessly with our delegation, the State Department of Commerce, and our local Chamber, Business, and Community leaders to land the long term economic investments that our community needs.
Improve Roads and Infrastructure -- We will not be able to recruit new high paying industry unless we improve and maintain our infrastructure system. A recent study by state business leaders shows that our state's dangerous roads claim one life every eight hours and cost $3.7 billion a year. Without raising taxes, we must allocate more of our state budget to infrastructure repairs. I support funding of the State Infrastructure Bank as well as efforts to identify other sources of revenue for roads that do not increase the tax burden on our state's families.
Support New Missions at SRS -- The Savannah River Site serves as an economic engine for our County and will be a leading economic research center for the entire state. We must do everything we can at the state level to support future missions at SRS including the Center for Hydrogen Research and the Savannah River National Laboratory. Further, we must look to other missions at the Site including using the site for nuclear power and alternative fuel source research. I will work to obtain state funding to benefit both existing missions and new missions at the Savannah River Site.
Work for Less Politics, More Cooperation -- Former Governor Carroll Campbell did not recruit world-class BMW to the Upstate alone. As a businessman, he knew it would require a team effort. Governor Campbell, the Commerce Department, legislators, and local officials all worked together from the same plan toward the same goal. Unfortunately, all we hear today is political fighting. As your legislator, I won't be part of it. I will work to build bridges, not tear them down, so that we can recruit high-paying industry to our region.