Columbia- Today, South Carolina State Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) issued the following statement in response to a procedural vote taken in the State Senate to place the roads bill on the Senate Calendar for debate.
“It is a sad day in South Carolina”, said Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg). “There was a very clear opportunity today in the Senate to make roads a priority in South Carolina and, sadly, the Senate refused to vote to put the only roads bill we have in the Senate on the calendar for debate. For me, the vote was simple, if you are pleased with the roads in our state, vote no. If you want better roads vote yes. The results indicated to me that roads are not an important issue for some of my colleagues.”
Hutto added “I am proud of those who joined in the fight and voted to put the bill on the calendar. It will continue to be a sad day as long as Governor Haley and her allies continue to block the consideration of legislation to improve our roads.”
“ There is no question roads are the number one issue to the people of South Carolina”, said Senator Joel Lourie (D-Richland). The vote taken today was quite shocking considering everywhere I go throughout the state, I hear from hard working South Carolina citizens how we need better roads. A pot hole in South Carolina doesn’t have a Democrat or Republican label beside it, so it is truly frustrating that we did not vote to put the roads bill on the calendar for debate. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, this is again a South Carolina issue and it is our duty and responsibility as State Senators to address the issues that affect the people of this state” concluded Lourie.
A veto threat from Gov. Nikki Haley shouldn’t prevent the South Carolina Senate from passing a bill to fund the state’s crumbling highways, state Sen. Kevin Johnson said Friday.
“We can’t let that stop us,” Johnson said.
South Carolina Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler released the following statement in reference to the recent announcement of Amazon expanding its Lexington County operations.
“This is not just a great day in South Carolina but this is a tremendous day in Lexington County”, said Setzler. “I cannot began to tell you how excited I am about the announcement of Amazon expanding its already huge footprint in Lexington County, right in the heart of my State Senate District. I would like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in the SC House of Representatives who joined me in the fight in 2012 to help bring Amazon to South Carolina. They (Amazon) promised over 1500 jobs with benefits, health insurance and competitive wages and they have done just that plus more with the announcement of 500 additional jobs’, Setzler added.
“I hope and pray Amazon continues to grow right here in Lexington County because that means more employment opportunities for many willing and able South Carolina citizens who are looking to improve their quality of life. I would also encourage anyone who is interested in employment with Amazon to apply at: www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.”
Since opening in 2012, the Amazon fulfillment center in West Columbia, S.C. has brought more than 1,500 full-time jobs to Lexington County. Amazon is adding the new positions to meet growing customer demand. Employees will pick, pack and ship customer orders.
In addition to competitive wages, employees are immediately eligible for comprehensive benefits that include health insurance, 401(k) with 50 percent match, bonuses, company stock awards and a network of support to ensure employees succeed. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
COLUMBIA – The income tax cuts at the heart of Gov. Nikki Haley’s 10-year road plan are being assailed by both Democrats and a policy group but for for different reasons.
Senate Democrats on Friday distributed their own math, showing that over the 10-year span of the plan, the state’s infrastructure needs would total $14.7 billion, while revenue from the added gas tax and a diversion from the General Fund would total $3.57 billion.
The tax cut, Democrats say, would total $8.55 billion in that time frame, resulting in less money for education and other state programs.