Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen says business continues to be a major part of his campaign for governor.
Sheheen says he released his business plan approximately nine months ago. He says one thing that has to happen is comprehensive tax reform. He says he has worked on comprehensive tax reform in the Statehouse for years, but that his main opponent Nikki Haley voted to increase property taxes on small businesses.
Sheheen is also calling for promotion of the state’s technical college system, which he says will increase the attractiveness of the workforce. He says the South Carolina government has disinvested in its colleges and universities, causing tuition to double in some cases, while states like North Carolina have done the opposite. He says South Carolina had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation a decade ago and now it has one of the highest.
Sheheen has been endorsed by the SC Chamber of Commerce. He says he wants to support and lead the work of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
We know that other states are doing a much better job than we are at economic development and recruitment and their governors are personally involved in that effort. I think the keystone to that approach is having a department of commerce staffed by professionals that works hand-in-glove with the governor’s office to attract business back into South Carolina. We have all the assets we need. We just need leadership to make it happen.