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Haley expresses frustration at government shutdown


By Ashley Boncimino
aboncimino@scbiznews.com
Published Oct. 7, 2013

Gov. Nikki Haley expressed frustration at the government shutdown during a Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon today. The governor said South Carolina will be fine for the short term but might not be in the long run and suggested delaying implementation of the Affordable Care Act to get things moving again.

"It was frustrating because it shows you how much D.C. is just focused on one policy. It may be a policy that we have a lot of trouble with, but no policy is worth shutting down the government,” she said. “If I were ever to let our government shut down, I would be stoned. You just can’t have that happen.”

The governor also told the 200 or so attendees that raising the debt ceiling was “inexcusable” and said both sides were at fault for leaving the American people out of the conversation.

“I think the fact that we are letting them have the debate over raising the debt ceiling is inexcusable, because in South Carolina we don’t raise the debt ceiling. We live within our means. In South Carolina, we balance the budget and we prioritize,” she said. “We should not be OK with them having that conversation. We need to get strong and say, 'This is not excusable, this is not something the American people want.'”

The most demanding challenge going forward with legislation is jaded attitudes, according to the governor.

"What you have is some old-school legislators that have been there for a long time, and their thought is, ‘We've tried that already. We've done that already. We can't fix that already,’" she said. “Don’t tell me we can’t; tell me how to get there.”

While the governor touted the addition of 38,500 jobs under her administration and a $1 billion transportation bill, she emphasized the continued need for infrastructure improvements, ethics reform and helpful education incentives.

“Now it’s just all about continuing to improve by remembering that the best way to bring companies to your state is to take care of the ones you already have,” she said. “What we’re saying is, what’s good for Greenville is good for Charleston. What’s good for Charleston is good for Orangeburg.”

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