This just in from SC House Democrats:
SC House Democrats Announce Priorities for 2015-16 Legislative Session
Columbia, SC – South Carolina House Democrats released their legislative priorities for the 121st South Carolina General Assembly. Caucus priorities are centered on “Modernizing South Carolina for the 21st Century.” Over the next two years, House Democrats will focus on finding adequate and stable sources of revenue to fix our crumbling roads and bridges, reform the state’s K-12 Public Education funding system, providing affordable and accessible health care options, establishing a state minimum wage, increasing teacher pay, strengthening the state’s ethics laws, and a host of other challenges and issues important to all South Carolinians.
“House Republicans have now been in charge for twenty years; and on almost every single issue – employment, education, roads, healthcare – things have gotten demonstrably worse in South Carolina,” said House Democratic Leader Todd Rutherford of Columbia. “At some point Republicans have to realize that their agenda of abandoning our public schools, putting government in our bedrooms and doctor’s offices, and completely ignoring our state’s roads, simply isn’t working. House Democrats are prepared to make this session about new, innovative ways to specifically address our state’s problems and modernize South Carolina for the 21st Century.”
House Democrats have already pre-filed several pieces of legislation that address a number of our most critical challenges including:
- 3127 – Allow gaming referendum to pay for roads (Rutherford)
- 3110 – High Quality Education for public schools (W. McLeod)
- 3140 – Legalization of Medical Marijuana for Patients (Rutherford)
- 3031 – Establish a state minimum wage (Cobb-Hunter)
- 3253 – Establish an equal pay law in South Carolina (Stavrinakis)
- 3174 – Comprehensive Ethics Reform (Tinkler)
“House Republicans have spent three decades digging a very deep hole with their negligence and extreme ideology,” said Rutherford. “Now it’s time for them to stop digging. We must try something new, and we must do it quickly.”
House Democrats plan to unveil their legislative agenda the second week of the 2015 Session.
Of course, they lose me immediately on the very first proposal listed.
Really, Democrats? This is what you want the party of FDR and JFK to be known for in SC? A plan to introduce ANOTHER scheme to exploit human weakness, as an alternative to simply raising the tax that we already have in place to pay for roads? Really?