The Advocates: Breaking Down the State of the State

WRITTEN BY lclark 3 months ago

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On Wednesday night, Governor Henry McMaster gave his first State of the State address following last year’s election. A few highlights from last night’s speech sync nicely with the Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Agenda:

► McMaster reiterated his position of a 5% across the board pay raise for teachers. This would put South Carolina’s teachers above the southeastern average.

► McMaster supports education reform, applauding proposals from Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate Education Chairman Greg Hembree that dropped on Thursday. Of note, their bills will end unnecessary testing, consolidate some school districts and end the practice of social promotion between grades. We will take a deeper dive into the companion bills next week.

► The Governor also pushed the legislature to work with state economists to create a new education funding formula to replace our current outdated and convoluted model.

► Governor McMaster also applauded the legislature’s willingness to tackle tax reform making it fairer for the citizens and businesses both big and small.

Also of note this week, the Workforce Enhancement and Military Recognition Act (H.3135), a bill dealing with full exemption of military retiree pay, received a favorable report out of the Income Tax Ways and Means subcommittee. The legislation now moves to the full Ways and Means Committee.

And last, but certainly not least, we received word that the Mark Clark amended Intergovernmental agreement is scheduled to appear before February’s Joint Bond Review Committee (JBRC). This is one of the final hurdles remaining for the project on the policy side. At this time we are optimistic for a favorable outcome before the JBRC, but things change quickly in Columbia. We will keep you up to date on the progress of the Mark Clark.

Have a great weekend.

Watch the 2019 State of the State Address

George Ramsey,
CMCC Business Lobbyist