9, 2009, Statehouse Report outlined 11 sweeping South Carolina
policy objectives to provide lawmakers with a guide of how it
could make significant changes for the people of the state. From
the original proposal for the Palmetto Priorities:
you dont have a policy map for where you want to be headed,
you will flounder in proposal after proposal. Therefore, today
we highlight 11 broad continuing objectives for state legislators
to consider and use as a bipartisan guide to creating a better
is our current list of Palmetto Priorities:
Develop a Cabinet-level post dedicated to adding and retaining
10,000 small business jobs per year.
a comprehensive approach to get off the FBIs top 10 list
of violent crime by cutting rates by a third by 2016.
the states dropout rate in half by 2015.
affordable and accessible health care that optimizes preventive
care for every South Carolinian by 2015.
Adopt a state energy policy that requires energy producers to
generate 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by
REFORM. By 2012, remove special interest sales tax exemptions
that are outdated for the states 21st Century economy.
Additionally, reform and stabilize the state's tax structure
Increase voter registration to 75 percent by 2015 by restructuring
the states election.
Reduce the prison population by 25 percent by 2020 through creative
alternative sentencing programs for non-violent offenders.
Strengthen all bridges and upgrade all state roads by 2015 through
creative highway financing and maintenance programs.
Have a vigorous two- or multi-party political system of governance.
REFORM (new in 2012). Overhaul state ethics laws.
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