After Governor Mark Sanford’s State-of-the-State Address Wednesday night, the South Carolina Democratic Party responded. Democratic Leader of the South Carolina House of Representatives Harry Ott says South Carolina cannot trust those who broke the state to fix it. “I trust you, the great people of this great state to make your own decisions about who to trust. Ladies and Gentleman, it is time to put our House in order. We have a hard task ahead of us in 2010. Democrats and Republicans alike are talking about budget cuts,” says Ott.
Ott says these decisions are tough, but necessary.
“Many in the Statehouse are hiding behind unelected and unaccountable boards to make these cuts. These politicians do not want to be accountable to you, the voters. We will be pushing for broader reporting of lawmakers financial ties and clearer reporting of votes. Not just those on the House floor, but many of the critical ones made in committees that go unreported,” says Ott.
Ott says South Carolina needs to get rid of anything that is wasteful, and keep current, successful programs in place. He blames the GOP for some of the state’s problems.
“Republicans in this state from the top to the bottom talk about being conservative, and yet the Republican government spends more today as a percentage of what you and I produce than they did in 2000 when Republicans gained complete control of the Statehouse,” says Ott.