All About Economy In Gov. Haley’s First State of State Address

“This budget year is going to hurt,” were some of the first words Governor Haley spoke when she began addressing
the issues of South Carolina for 2011.   To that end, she proposed slashing the budgets for the Arts Commission, ETV,
and state lobby groups. 

She also said she would no longer allow the cabinet to use federal money to shore up budget deficits, because the money
brought with it too many conditions.

Haley said she asked President Obama if South Carolina could opt out of the federal health care bill.  According to
Haley, he said he was open to the idea if the state met certain conditions.

Haley also proposed privatizing the school bus system, and allowing state Medicaid to switch to generic drugs for
AIDS, cancer, and mental illness medications.

In response to Haley’s address, democrat Brad Hutto from Orangeburg said Haley’s recent pay raise for her staff gave the
wrong sign to South Carolinians if she wants them to believe she is really about budget cuts.

The state faces a nearly $1 billion shortfall.