Haley calls for better roads, schools, prisons in State of State
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley addresses state legislators during her State of the State Address. (Jan. 19, 2012/SCETV)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asked legislators in her third State of the State address on Wednesday to overhaul public school funding, improve the state's roads and make prisons safer for guards who oversee the most violent offenders.
The Republican governor also revived previous calls to restructure government and further cut taxes.
Haley also addressed one of the biggest stories of 2012 - a hacking incident at the state Department of Revenue, which allowed the information of nearly every taxpayer in the state to be accessed.
In her address, the governor admitted the state should have done more to protect the personal information of taxpayers and pledged to increase cyber security across agencies.
"While cyber security policies were carried out on nearly a daily basis in almost every agency, South Carolina lacks a single entity with the authority necessary to better secure our systems," Haley said. "We must fix that and we must fix it this year."
Haley said the state government has already taken steps to make data more secure, including encrypting all personal and sensitive data.
The governor also talked about the federal healthcare law, also known as Obamacare. She said that other states which have started implementing the Medicaid expansion in the law are having trouble paying for it. Haley said South Carolina will avoid that problem by simply refusing to join the Medicaid expansion.
In the Democratic response, Columbia business owner Jill Moylan called on Haley to focus on a fairer tax system that helps out small businesses grow.
"Small businesses are forced to shoulder more and more of the tax burden," Moylan said. "Too much of our attention is focused on large, out-of-state corporations, and we are ignoring our own home-grown businesses."
Moylan said economic development and education go hand-in-hand. She said officials have seem to forgotten the importance of public education.
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