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Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Prosperity

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Putting South Carolinians back to work is the biggest issue facing our State. At 12.3% unemployment, South Carolina is tied with California and Nevada as the third highest unemployment rate in the nation. There are numerous reforms we can, and must, do to unleash prosperity for the families and businesses of our State. First, we need to reform our tax code by lowering or eliminating personal income and sales taxes, reducing manufacturing property taxes, and by eliminating corporate income taxes and special interest tax breaks. Next, we need to cut government red tape by reviewing regulations to insure they are serving the common good and not hampering the growth of jobs. Third, we need to continue the push for tort reform. I had the privilege of helping to usher in medical malpractice reform in South Carolina and we can expand this to the business sector of our economy. Finally, we need to promote the opportunities provided by our technical colleges and provide incentives for welfare-eligible individuals to choose employment. I will lead the charge to make South Carolina a national leader in economic growth.


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