In the General Assembly this week, the Senate Finance committee, led by Hugh Leatherman of Florence, will consider the nomination of James Etter for director of the Department of Revenue.
Gov. Haley says she chose him to be a friend of small businesses:
While we want to make sure they [small businesses] are still doing what they are supposed to do, we want to also make sure that it’s not a heavy handed all-or-nothing but we’re actually working with them whether it be on payment plans, whether it be what we need to so that they feel like they’ve got a friend on the other side.
Haley says small businesses are key to growing the state’s economy through the recession.
In the same meeting, Les Boles, Director of Office of State Budget is sceduled to give a preliminary budget Outlook for fiscal year 2011-2012.
Chairman Hugh Leatherman, in a meeting with media earlier this month, set the tone for what his committee faces:
Tough year. I know that’s no news to you. And there’s going to be a lot of pain before we get through this year. Bear in mind the past couple of years, we’ve cut the state budget–I’ll use round numbers–from $7 billion to $5 billion. That’s the year that we’re in.
One thing that Leatherman says he won’t support raising taxes to get the state out of a projected budget shortfall of almost $1 billion.