State-of-the-state addresses

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SOUTH CAROLINA

GOALS FOR 2008: Cutting income taxes, strengthening South Carolina's drunken driving laws, preserving land, reducing government spending, expanding school choice programs and restructuring state government.

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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford shakes hands with House members before addressing the Legislature on his plans for 2008.  Associated Press
Associated Press
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford shakes hands with House members before addressing the Legislature on his plans for 2008.

BUDGET: Gov. Mark Sanford jockeyed for governors of the state to have more control over its operations, singling out the Budget and Control Board as an example of government structure that "allows a small group of people to control or disproportionately influence the rest of us."

EDUCATION: Widening options for schooling is critical for the state because it will foster competition and "give the families of modest incomes a lifeline, and a scholarship, out of a failing school," he said.

Among his priorities are allowing charter schools to use existing school buildings and school buses. He also called for a cap on college costs and for scholarships for high schoolers who graduate early.

HEALTH CARE: Mr. Sanford called for passage of a small-business health care bill in the first 30 days of the legislative session to help employees get medical care.

BUSINESS: He also reiterated his opposition to incentives to encourage two big outdoor equipment retailers set up shop in the state.

-- Associated Press


GEORGIA

GOALS FOR 2008: Georgia would eliminate its share of the property tax, support the expansion of the Medical College of Georgia and infuse the state's ailing trauma-care centers with badly needed cash.

BUDGET: Gov. Sonny Perdue's annual State of the State address coincided with the release of his budget, which includes $7.2 million in the state spending year that begins July 1 for expanding the Medical College of Georgia. The plan also sets aside $70 million for a new school of dentistry at MCG. Officials at the college have pushed hard for the new building, saying the current facilities are small and outdated.

TAXES: Mr. Perdue's proposal to eliminate the state property tax on homes and automobiles would save property owners about $94 million a year or about $15 on a $150,000 home.

The governor also repeated his pitch to expand the senior income tax cut to cover all retirement income.

HEALTH CARE: The governor proposed $53 million for trauma centers. Mr. Perdue renewed his call for an additional fine on "super speeders" as one way to fund the hospitals and reduce driving risks. And he pressed for 200 more state troopers.

-- Morris News Service

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CHECK THIS OUT, THIS IS

CHECK THIS OUT, THIS IS AMAZING!

Mark Sanford avoiding the topic of illegal immigration

Sanford was asked, "why are public funds being used to for private communities which use illegal immigrant labor." Watch as he never actually answers the question.

VIDEO LINK:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHJohB8htGk

and here's another one...

Senator Jake Knotts on Governor Sanford's State of the State
VIDEO LINK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBa2xU54Nng

MORE AMAZING VIDEO:
RE: Mark Sanford

John Land on Workers’ Comp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgkySCB5pSM

Workers’ Compensation | Sanford must tell judge his side
Governor directed to explain to federal justice why he tried to influence workers’ comp board

But during a Jan. 14 hearing, U.S. District Judge Ross Anderson said the case against Sanford and the commission raises “very serious federal constitutional issues.”

Anderson the next day extended a restraining order preventing the Workers’ Compensation Commission from obeying the governor’s orders on how to judge cases and whether to release certain case information. The federal restraining order is in place until Feb. 15.

Anderson also added Sanford as a defendant so the commissioners won’t be put in a position of having to defend Sanford’s actions.

The seven-member commission is appointed by the governor to hear disputes between people who claim they were injured on the job and their employers. While appointed by the governor, the commission is a judicial board that is supposed to issue orders without outside influence. The governor can fire members for cause.

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