By Steve Hoffman
(The following is an op-ed sent to Grand Strand Daily)
On June 14th, 2016 South Carolina residents living along a large stretch of the coastline will vote for the Republican candidate to replace the retiring Ray Cleary in SC Senate District 34.
This is an important election in that it will send a signal to the SC legislature on whether SC residents are happy with the current status quo of tax and spend Republicans, or similar to the national presidential contest, want to see meaningful change in SC politics.
The current Republican controlled SC House and Senate have failed the taxpayers of South Carolina.
- Roads – they have voted for a gas tax increase, yet the DOT has already received more money than it had in 2012 – their budget has grown by $708 million. Most people close to this issue know that the roads will not improve by giving the politicians more money. What is needed is a restructuring of the SCDOT and taking the road improvement prioritization process out of the hands of politicians.
- Economy – The most recent U.S. unemployment rate was 5.1%. Horry County’s rate was 7.4% and Georgetown County’s unemployment rate was 8.3%. Reese will work to reform our tax code and bring about economic growth.
- Taxes – South Carolina government is growing – at a rapid pace. You won’t hear a lot about increase in taxes, except for the Gas Tax, but the number of taxes and the additional burden on individuals and businesses are growing each year. Reese will fight efforts to raise our taxes, and push for tax simplification and tax relief for working South Carolina families.
- Second Amendment Rights. The legislature tried unsuccessfully to pass “constitutional carry” in South Carolina. Currently there are 23 States planning to introduce “constitutional carry”. We need to vote for someone who truly supports the 2nd
I urge each of you to consider Reese Boyd in the upcoming SC Senate District 34 primary. Reese is a strong supporter of your 2nd amendment rights. He is an advocate of “limited government” and understands how increases in regulations and taxes have a detrimental impact on the overall prosperity of our State’s residents.
Reese has a degree in economics and understands the miracles of free market capitalism. He also served as a board member for South Carolina Club for Growth and knows what it will take to bring jobs to South Carolina. Reese is also strong Pro-Life proponent.
He and his family are members of the First Baptist Church in Murrells Inlet and he also serves as Board Chairman for the Palmetto Family Council in Columbia, South Carolina.
Help reform our dysfunctional state government. Vote for real change and prosperity for South Carolina – Vote Reese Boyd III for Senate District 34.