State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Technology


Tommy Pope: Fix our dangerous and crumbling roads for the long-term

In the House, we passed a bill to fix our dangerous and crumbling roads. For years, the General Assembly has addressed our infrastructure needs in a piecemeal fashion, not actually focusing on long-term infrastructure issues that have created major safety concerns and eroded economic development opportunities. Last Session, the House led the way by passing a bill containing a long-term approach to fixing our roads and bridges. Due to political pressure, the Senate was unable to pass a long-term funding plan. This week, the House has again passed a sustainable and reliable plan that not only dramatically reforms the South Carolina Department of Transportation, but first focuses on curbing our highest-in-the-nation motorist fatality rate by repairing our most deadly roadways in rural areas. The bill is now in the Senate where I expect it will be amended in some manner and sent back for our further consideration.
Source: 2017 South Carolina House campaign website TommyPope.com Mar 11, 2017

Joyce Dickerson: Serves on COMET transit system board of directors

Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington, who faces tax charges stemming from a state investigation into the county's transportation penny tax program, has been removed from the board of directors of the Midlands transit system, the COMET, which receives millions in funding from the penny tax. Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson replaces Washington on the COMET board of directors

The COMET, which operates buses throughout the Midlands, has received more than $33 million in funding through the penny tax program since 2013.

Dickerson has served on the transit board in the past, including as its chairwoman prior to Newman's chairmanship. Dickerson chaired the board in 2011 at the time the bus system disclosed a $3 million deficit. During her board tenure, the system had to work with financial assistance from the city of Columbia and Richland County.

Source: The State webzine on 2016 South Carolina Senate race Feb 4, 2016

Thomas Ravenel: Government doesn't belong in your email inbox

Ravenel's press release: "It's time for voters across our state and this country to declare their independence from a failed two-party system," the star of Bravo's 'Southern Charm' said. "Election after election of choosing the lesser of two evils has our economy and our freedoms on a downward slide--but there's still time to change the road we're on. To do that, though, we need a real debate and a real choice--candidates who are offering real ideas to turn things around."

"Government doesn't belong in your boardroom, your bedroom or your email inbox," he said. "But its presence in every aspect of our lives continues to grow. Democrats keep dictating choices in our marketplaces and Republicans keep telling us who we can and cannot love. And both parties want to keep spending like there's no tomorrow while they spy on us to make sure we don't step out of line. All of this leads to less prosperity and liberty--and more dependency and fear."

Source: WLTX on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jul 4, 2014

Nikki Haley: Invest in infrastructure, but no gas tax or any other tax

Infrastructure must remain a priority. We know there's more work to be done. You might ask the question, "How do we pay for it?" And my answer will be, "Not by hiking taxes."

We proved last year that we can invest in our roads and bridges with the dollars we already have. Raising the gas tax--forcing our people and our businesses to pay more for the simple act of getting around--is not an option for me.

I will veto any bill that reaches my desk that raises taxes on gasoline.

So instead, this year, as last, our budget writers should take the additional revenue that inevitably appears after our budget is balanced--what I call "the money tree,"--and invest it in our infrastructure. Since 2005, the "money tree" that falls every year has averaged more than $106 million. According to the Department of Transportation, those dollars, invested the right way, will be worth more than $1.3 billion in additional road and bridge improvements. That is prioritizing. That is our job.

Source: 2014 South Carolina State of the State Address Jan 22, 2014

Rick Wade: Infrastructure investment in the poorest areas of S.C.

Wade sees his biggest asset is his experience with, and understanding of, business and industry. "I was down in Charleston with Vice President Biden [a couple of months ago] when he made a big announcement about his infrastructure investment in the poorest areas of South Carolina, which is important to commerce and trade. Tim Scott voted against that. Everything he's doing is counterproductive to where we need to be going in the state of South Carolina. He voted against the Farm Bill."
Source: TheGrio webzine interview on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Dec 13, 2013

Joyce Dickerson: Ensure the county has reliable public transportation

Dickerson said that she wanted to be "elected," not "selected" for the position. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Sen. Scott to serve when Jim DeMint resigned from the Senate earlier this year.

Dickerson is a retired compliance auditor and is the first candidate to challenge Scott. She currently chairs the National Foundation for Women Legislators.

Elected to Richland County Council in 2004, Dickerson said Friday she has worked to ensure the county has reliable public transportation.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2014 South Carolina Senate race Nov 8, 2013

Lee Bright: Dredge the Port of Charleston to a 50-foot depth

Bright believes that South Carolina has several important national interests: one specific includes the Port of Charleston. Bright points to the Port of Charleston as the state economy's most important infrastructure component. "Billions of dollars of economic activity depend on the port" from various parts of the state, he says. Bright supports "dredging the main shipping channel to a 50-foot depth" to make it more accommodating for larger ships.
Source: Edgefield Advertiser on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Oct 29, 2013

Mitt Romney: SOPA, as written, restricts the Internet & free speech

Q: SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, would crack down on Internet piracy. But opponents say it's censorship.

GINGRICH: Virtually everybody who's technologically advanced say this is going to totally mess up the Internet, and the bill in its current form is written really badly and leads to a range of censorship that is totally unacceptable.

ROMNEY: I think he got it just about right. The law as written is far too intrusive, far too expansive, far too threatening to freedom of speech and movement of information across the Internet. It would have a potentially depressing impact on one of the fastest-growing industries in America, which is the Internet and all those industries connected to it. At the same time, we care very deeply about intellectual content that's going across the Internet. And if we can find a way to very narrowly, through our current laws, go after those people who are pirating, particularly those from offshore, we'll do that--but a very broad law--I think that's a mistake.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Newt Gingrich: I favor Internet freedom; SOPA favors Hollywood

Q: SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, would crack down on Internet piracy. But opponents say it's censorship. Our parent company, Time Warner, says we need a law like this because movies are being ripped off online. There's two competing engines of our economy at odds.

GINGRICH: Well, you're asking a conservative about the economic interests of Hollywood. And I'm weighing it... Virtually everybody who's technologically advanced, including Google and YouTube and Facebook, say this is going to totally mess up the Internet, and the bill in its current form is written really badly and leads to a range of censorship that is totally unacceptable. Well, I favor freedom. We have a Patent Office, we have copyright law. If a company finds that it has genuinely been infringed upon, it has the right to sue, but the idea that we're going to preemptively have the government start censoring the Internet on behalf of giant corporations' economic interests strikes me as exactly the wrong thing to do.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Mitt Romney: China must respect intellectual property if they want trade

Q: China is using cyber-attacks to steal billions of dollars of intellectual property. Are we engaged in financial warfare with China?

Perry: This whole issue of allowing cyber security to go on, we need to use all of our resources--the private sector working along with our government. To really stand up the cyber command in 2010 was a good start on that. But fighting this cyber war, I would suggest, is one of the great issues that will face the next President.

Romney: To continue to have free and open access to the thing they want so badly, our markets, they have to play by the rules. They can't hack into our computer systems and steal from our government. They can't steal from corporations. They can't take patents and designs, intellectual property, and duplicate them and counterfeit them and sell them around the world. And they also can't manipulate their currency in such a way as to make their prices well below what they otherwise would be.

Source: 2011 debate in South Carolina on Foreign Policy Nov 12, 2011

Rick Perry: Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime

Q: China is using cyber-attacks to steal billions of dollars of intellectual property. Are we engaged in financial warfare with China?

Perry: This whole issue of allowing cyber security to go on, we need to use all of our resources--the private sector working along with our government. To really stand up the cyber command in 2010 was a good start on that. But fighting this cyber war, I would suggest, is one of the great issues that will face the next President.

Romney: To continue to have free and open access to the thing they want so badly, our markets, they have to play by the rules. They can't hack into our computer systems and steal from our government. They can't steal from corporations. They can't take patents and designs, intellectual property, and duplicate them and counterfeit them and sell them around the world. And they also can't manipulate their currency in such a way as to make their prices well below what they otherwise would be.

Source: 2011 debate in South Carolina on Foreign Policy Nov 12, 2011

Alan Keyes: Abolish the income tax and eventually tax the Internet

Q: Do you support taxing Internet commerce?
A: I think it would be a mistake to make that moratorium permanent.. And since we ought to abolish the income tax and move to a national sales tax, I would not want to exclude that area of commerce from national taxation under a sales tax when we have abolished the income tax.
Source: Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina Jan 7, 2000

Gary Bauer: Keep Internet tax-free; lower taxes for Main Street too

Q: Do you support taxing Internet commerce?A: Yes, I support keeping the Internet tax-free. But I am not going to be cavalier about what small mom and pop operations on Main Street are facing. They already get the short end of the stick. Theyíre over-taxed. Theyíre over-regulated. So while Iíll keep the Internet tax-free, as president I will fight to lower taxes on the small mom and pop stores all over the country.
Source: Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina Jan 7, 2000

George W. Bush: Internet may or may not help mom & pop - wait & see

Q: Do you support taxing Internet commerce? A: I support the moratorium on Internet taxation. And Iíll support it for another three to five years, until we know. Weíve had people on this stage say that e-commerce is going to help mom and pop business on the town squares all across America. They may be right. I donít know and neither do you and so therefore I think it makes sense to extend the moratorium.
Source: Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina Jan 7, 2000

John McCain: Internet tax ban saved consumers $600M this Xmas

Q: Do you support taxing Internet commerce? A: If we had had Internet taxation over the holiday, American citizens would have paid an additional $600 million in taxes. This Internet tax moratorium should be made permanent. It should be made permanent today. The American people are taking advantage of a wonderful new opportunity with this technology. We should do everything we can to encourage it.
Source: Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina Jan 7, 2000

Orrin Hatch: Internet will not replace touching in stores

Q: Do you support taxing Internet commerce? A: I know that most women, like my wife Elaine, like to go and walk through the stores and touch the things that they buy. So Iím not afraid of that and I think we ought to keep taxes out of the Internet. If there comes a time when they have to be in there because of fairness, thatís another matter, but right now, Iím totally against having any taxation of the Internet.
Source: Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina Jan 7, 2000

Steve Forbes: Internet tax ban fosters growth

Q: Do you support taxing Internet commerce? A: I believe the moratorium should be made permanent, because the Internet is allowing the growth of commerce in America. It also means more jobs.
Source: Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina Jan 7, 2000

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