Haley brings updates to Aiken

AIKEN --- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley brought a report card to a town hall meeting Tuesday in Aiken.

"I promised you in the campaign that I wouldn't expect you to come to Columbia to find out what was going on. I was going to come to you," Haley said. "That is why I'm doing this set of town halls, to keep my promise."

An overflow crowd of 250 greeted her at the Aiken Municipal Building.

The 12 issues listed on Haley's placard included letting residents know her agenda and which legislators were moving forward with it, she said.

Only six weeks into the session, progress has already been made, she said.

On-the-record voting, which makes the results of all votes public, passed the House and could be through the Senate this week, Haley said.

The Senate has voted to merge Probation Pardon and Parole with the Department of Corrections.

The House has passed budget spending caps.

Support for a few other measures has not yet materialized, Haley said.

A plan for a 72-hour wait before passing a budget once it leaves committee still has no sponsors. The idea is to give residents, government officials and interest groups a chance to review the final budget before passage.

During her visit, Haley reiterated campaign promises to eliminate budget deficits by asking for cuts, eliminating waste and fraud, and consolidating government agencies. She said she would to add jobs by reforming the tax system to attract new industries.

Audience members cheered the governor's stance against the federal universal health care law and some asked her to support a Fair Tax, which would eliminate income tax and increase the sales tax.

Haley promised a Fair Tax would be "on the table" when tax reform was discussed.

Union members challenged the governor to consider how to keep wages fair, and two health care workers worried that Medicaid caps would limit care to children and in rural areas.

"Come April 1, I stand to lose 12 clients," said an audience member who identified herself as a pediatric physical therapist. "How is someone in Columbia more qualified to determine what is medically necessary for a child than their board-certified pediatrician?"

Haley said the purpose of the changes was to eliminate fraud in Medicaid.

"Any child that needs therapy will not be denied therapy," she promised.

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ADAMS 03/15/11 - 11:44 pm
Wow! was this news clip worth

Wow! was this news clip worth reporting,i don't deem so.

usapatriot 03/16/11 - 12:37 am
I'd not rather want to know

I'd not rather want to know what you consider news.

You're entitled to your opinion Adams. It may be better kept to yourself. I like our Governor. She's fighting an uphill battle and has started out well.

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 03/16/11 - 03:32 pm
We like Haley too. Hope she

We like Haley too. Hope she frees David Key a SC man who has never even so much as had a traffic ticket even though he was a trucker. He was being kind to homeless folks who repaid him with slander extortion. They told him they would make up a pack of lies and go to the police if he did not give them money. He didn't believe them but Aiken Co. did so now he is doing 10 yrs in jail.

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