Rep. Bakari Sellers, an outspoken critic of Gov. Nikki Haley’s policies, delivered his party’s response to her 2012 State of the State address.
He said his party is committed to the “proud, hardworking families of South Carolina” and that Democrats have proposed new policy initiatives and our colleagues across the aisle have rebuked our attempts at partnership.”
AUDIO: Excerpt from Seller’s speech (7:00)
Sellers focused the first part of his speech on areas of the state with high unemployment and troubled schools that he says needs the governor’s attention.
“In South Carolina, a once-proud network of public schools and technical colleges, due to years of disregard and neglect, today ranks among the nation’s worst. Our K-12 schools are currently ranked 42nd, and our classrooms along I-95 have been neglected for so long that they forma “Corridor of Shame.” Our best and brightest students in these communities are being locked out of their futures by empty talking points and misguided rhetoric.”
Haley’s spent the opening of her speech welcoming a long list of major companies and thousands of jobs to the state.
Sellers responded: “We understand that any efforts to create new, quality jobs that pay livable wages must begin with private sector partnerships in creating new incentives for businesses that build and expand right here in South Carolina. And despite the fact that South Carolina’s unemployment rate of 9.9 percent continues to outpace the national average, that many of our Main Streets remain largely empty and that our small businesses are struggling simply to survive, we find our Republican colleagues resistant to any policy that will promote a new jobs agenda for the 21st century.”