COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Gov. Nikki Haley laid out her agenda for 2015 in the State of the State address Wednesday.
The governor started her 40-minute address highlighting the progress made last year on bringing jobs to South Carolina.
She explained how that momentum can continue in 20-15.
Gov. Haley also announced a new initiative to help people get the training they need for jobs while also helping the state's small businesses."And we can make sure that South Carolina is a state not just of tremendous growth, but of real, true opportunity, for each and every one of our citizens," she said.
Other topics included the ongoing changes within the Department of Social Services, road and bridge repairs along with increasing the gas tax and the need to cut state income taxes.
Following Gov. Haley's State of the State, a backgrounder was issued by the governor's office.
Nearly half of the state's primary road system is in poor condition and one-third of SC bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the governor.
South Carolina has the fourth largest state highway system in the nation.
The state will need more than $75 million to maintain its roads in the current condition. In ten years, this amount will rise to be almost $200 million per year, according to the backgrounder.
The following plan was issued by the Haley administration to tackle road issues.
The Haley Plan:
· Promotes economic growth by cutting income taxes at all levels by 30% over the next 10 years.
· Adds ten cents to the state's gas tax over three years, offsetting a portion of the income tax savings with a priority on infrastructure spending.
· Dedicates motor vehicle sales taxes to roads, further diversifying funding streams for transportation.
· Restructures the South Carolina Department of Transportation and refocuses the agency on maintaining the roads we have first in an apolitical way.
The plan will invest $3.5 billion in SC roads over 10 years.