Communications from Elected Officials

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Sun City Hilton Head

Feb. 24, 2020: February 2020 Legislative Update | Rep. Shannon S. Erickson

We have been hard at work at the South Carolina State House with a lot of behind the-scenes meetings as we debated in committees on this year’s state budget, Santee Cooper, education, opioid abuse, and a host of other important issues. The Ways & Means Committee on which I serve passed out the House budget version this Thursday and while not perfect, it makes some great strides for our state.  Budget Floor Debate Week will start on March 10th so until then we will continue to spend more time in committees than we will on the floor. read more

Feb. 18, 2020: Legislative Update Week #5 | Rep. Weston Newton

Last week brought about one of the biggest decisions the General Assembly will ever face, the fate of our state-owned utility Santee Cooper. Much of the work in the State House over the next few weeks will focus on the Santee Cooper issue and drafting this year’s state budget. Between these two important issues, we plan to continue the work we started last session on education reform and streamlining the process of business license fees. read more

Feb. 11, 2020: Legislative Update Week #4 | Rep. Weston Newton

Helping farmers, the education debate in the Senate, and other legislative news. read more...

Beaufort County SC GOP Republican Party, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Sun City Hilton Head

Feb. 6, 2020: "Yesterday I voted to acquit President Trump" | Sen. Lindsey Graham

This impeachment was completed within 78 days and had a spirit of partisanship and revenge that, if accepted by the Senate, would lead to the weaponization of impeachment against future presidents. Read More

Feb. 5, 2020: Legislative Update Week #3 | Rep. Weston Newton

The last week of January was a busy one in Columbia filled with committee meetings and teachers visiting the State House! Teachers from around the state visited the Capitol while the Senate was addressing the education bill this week and while the House was debating different education initiatives. It was also Carolina Day on Wednesday which brought all of the UofSC campuses together to celebrate the General Assembly’s efforts to support higher education. I am proud to have supported a bill last year that froze tuition rates for in-state students at 7 of UofSC’s 8 campuses throughout the state. Read More

Jan. 29, 2020: Legislative Update Week #2 | Rep. Weston Newton

Governor Henry McMaster led South Carolina into the roaring 20’s with his State of the State speech on Wednesday and outlined a bright future for the 5,148,000 who call our state home. The Governor laid out a sincere plan to move SC forward and I am ready to work with the entire General Assembly to turn it into reality. Read More

Jan. 28, 2020: Newsletter | Rep. Jeff Bradley

This past week was an uplifting one at the State House as Governor Henry McMaster presented his “State of the State” address and touted South Carolina’s nearly $2 billion surplus, its record-low unemployment rate, and $10 billion in recent business investments. In the Governor’s words: South Carolina is “in the midst of a stunning economic resurgence – with the opportunity to seize prosperity for generations to come.” Read More

Jan. 22, 2020: The real motivation behind Dems' impeachment push | Opinion | Sen. Tim Scott

With a little more than nine months until the 2020 presidential election, the national conversation should be very different. The economy is booming in every possible way you could measure. There are more job openings than job seekers, and the unemployment rate has reached its lowest point in the last 50 years. Seven million new jobs have been created, leading to African-American, Hispanic, and veteran unemployment rates setting all-time lows. Read More

Jan. 20, 2020: Legislative Update | Rep. Shannon Erickson

"The Governor is expected to speak about continued education reforms, cutting taxes and our state's economic growth.   His plan will also include his ideas on using a portion of this year’s budget surplus to send back to hardworking taxpayers. I am confident that the House and the Governor will work together on moving South Carolina forward." Read More

Jan. 14, 2020: Newsletter | Rep. Jeff Bradley

The second regular session of the 123d South Carolina General Assembly convenes this week, and I am very excited to again be making my weekly trip to Columbia and to help bring successful closure to many of the initiatives that were started last Spring. Read More

Jan. 13, 2020: Okatie Recycling Dump Update | Sen. Tom Davis

"Last Monday the final load of debris was hauled away from the recycling facility in Okatie -- moved further inland, away from our fragile watersheds and to sites with superior environmental safeguards." - Sen. Tom Davis. Read More

Dec. 25, 2019: Merry Christmas | Sen. Tim Scott

I am especially thankful for the many gifts God has given me, as well as the gift of representing the greatest state in the Union in the United States Senate. Read More

Dec. 17, 2019: Scott Applauds Passage of FY 2020 NDAA

“South Carolinians have a unique bond with our nation’s military, and we know how important it is that we ensure that our men and women are equipped with the tools they need to defend and protect this great nation,” - Senator Tim Scott. Read More

Dec. 9, 2019: Scott, Warner Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Hiring + Retention of Senior

This bill will help senior living facilities caring for aging adults to better screen, hire, and retain quality staff, by providing nursing home operators with access to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) – an existing national criminal background check system – a move that would give employers greater ability to screen and vet potential employees to ensure that caregivers do not have a history that would endanger the seniors under their care. Read More

Dec. 6, 2019: The IMPACT Act | Update

“Opportunity Zones provide thousands of low-income communities, both urban and rural, across the country with the potential to transform the future for generations to come,” - Senator Tim Scott. Read More

Jan. 28, 2020: 123rd SC General Assembly 2nd Session

Tax Cuts Highlight State of the State Address!

Friends and Neighbors in District 123

This past week was an uplifting one at the State House as Governor Henry McMaster presented his “State of the State” address and touted South Carolina’s nearly $2 billion surplus, its record-low unemployment rate, and $10 billion in recent business investments. In the Governor’s words: South Carolina is “in the midst of a stunning economic resurgence – with the opportunity to seize prosperity for generations to come.”


On a cautionary note, he also pointed to the State’s shortage of qualified workers by declaring: “We have around 70,000 jobs looking for people to fill them.”


Both the Governor and my fellow legislators have several solutions to deal with this dilemma. Most center around education initiatives, which I discussed in part in my previous email to you, as well as smart spending.


You will hear more about some of the new “education and training” ideas – like Rural Career Centers – in future emails, but today I want to touch on some other key issues that should be of interest to all of us which the Governor and our House members plan to work on over the next few months.


I am in full agreement with our Governor that the path to prosperity in South Carolina does go straight through the classroom, and I am extremely pleased that it has finally become a clear priority among our leadership.


Reducing State Taxes Across the Board

The Republican caucus believes meaningful tax cuts are a key component to sustaining continued growth through the coming decade. The Governor is currently recommending $425 million in tax cuts and rebates. How this is going to be achieved will be debated and dealt with as we move forward. It should be noted that South Carolina currently has the highest personal state income tax rate in the Southeast and 12th highest in the nation – which puts us at a disadvantage when trying to attract new businesses.


In his "State of the State" address, the Governor recommended we reduce South Carolina’s personal income taxes over the next five years by 15% across the board for all income brackets. If this is accomplished, the projections are for the cuts to stimulate economic growth and thereby make South Carolina more competitive with its immediate neighbors -- Georgia and North Carolina.


Part of this reduction is McMaster’s proposal to send $250 million from the surplus back to taxpayers in the form of a rebate check that averages $200 per taxpayer.


Addressing Safety and Security

Another important initiative that will be addressed in this legislative session is addressing safety and security issues across the State – from local schools to street crime and prisons. In particular, Governor McMaster wants to add 100 new state troopers and raise the pay scale for all state police. He hopes to put $6 million toward this specific initiative plus spend approximately $100 million for improvement at state prisons to upgrade electronic surveillance, make repairs to guard towers, and increase funding for investigations into gang violence.


Voting to support $100 million towards any issue is not something I take lightly. However, in today’s world, a functioning correctional system has become a core function of government, and as such, all components of that system are appropriately funded resources.


Protecting Waterways and Marshes

Importantly, the Governor took time to commend work by the recently formed South Carolina Floodwater Commission of which I am actively involved. Protection of our rivers and marshes is critical to the environment of our State, especially here in the Lowcountry. Four major floods in South Carolina since 2015 is cause for alarm.


Legislative action must be taken where necessary, and this includes providing needed funds to be allocated to address the state’s drainage systems, deter erosion as well as protect and replenish our Lowcountry marshes. 


Welcome General Robert L. Caslen- USC President

An especially heartwarming moment for me was during Governor McMaster’s admiring recognition of General Robert L. Caslen, the recently named president of The University of South Carolina. I had the honor of helping generate support for General Caslen last summer as the new USC president during his confirmation process last summer.


General Caslen was previously Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. I have known and greatly respected the general for several years because of my two sons who both were cadets at West Point during part of General Caslen’s tenure.


It's my honor to be of service to You. If you need assistance navigating State Government, or have any thoughts concerning what we are doing, please do not hesitate to contact me by clicking here!


Jeff Bradley

Republican, Jeff Bradley, Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie, Beaufort County, SC

District 123, SC Rep. Jeff Bradley

Jan. 14, 2020: 123rd SC General Assembly 2nd Session

January 14, 2020 - Update

Friends and Neighbors in District 123

The second regular session of the 123d South Carolina General Assembly convenes this week, and I am very excited to again be making my weekly trip to Columbia and to help bring successful closure to many of the initiatives that were started last Spring.


This is my third 2-year term as your State Representative. I’m most grateful to see that the experience I’ve gained together with the relationships I’ve developed are starting to really bear fruit.


I’ve been especially encouraged by significant progress made in the area of statewide education reform which was one of my primary goals when I first declared for office back in 2014. It was a year ago this month when our two-part legislative session was kicked off by Governor Henry McMaster’s “State of the State” address by proclaiming that the 123rd Session would be “the year of education.” 


And, so far, it has been just that, starting with our House passing a transformative education bill last Spring aimed at fundamentally reforming the way we educate our children, and then agreeing to spend $213 million in this year’s budget to raise teacher's starting pay to $38,000 – from $35,000 – and to give every teacher at least a 4% pay raise. It was a major effort to attract and retain teachers who have been fleeing the profession. However, it still is not confirmed until the Senate approves the final budget.


I was honored to be among the co-sponsors of the House Bill (#3759) titled: “The South Carolina Career Opportunity and Access for All Act.” Now, as our State Senators also return this month, we eagerly anticipate they will move forward quickly and endorse our House bill.


Retaining Strong Teachers is a Must!

Just last month Governor McMaster together with House Speaker Jay Lucas proposed the additional pay raises for all of our state’s 52,733 public school teachers as part of this year’s budget. The raise will boost South Carolina’s national ranking for average teacher pay from 41st into the top 25 states.


Quality teachers properly educating our young people will be the foundation for a strong state economy. An essential part of our budget investment must be attracting and retaining top-flight teachers so that we can remain competitive and recruit the best graduates from our state colleges to enter the field of education. I’m proud to be standing with our Governor and my colleagues in the House to put forth this new budget that prioritizes public education.


More About Kids!

Another new part of Governor McMaster’s budget that I am pleased about is his effort to expand state-funded, full-day pre-kindergarten for poor children to every South Carolina school district, which will put thousands more 4-year-olds on a path to success.


The Governor’s recent proposal earmarks $53 million to broaden access to the 17 school districts which heretofore had not been eligible for state aid. This includes our own Beaufort County School District and my House District 123 consisting of both Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island.


In Beaufort County, this budget initiative will positively impact more than 1,100 of our youngest children. Currently, more than half of South Carolina’s 3 and 4-year-olds are not in a pre-school program. This is near the lowest rank in the U.S.A. Hopefully this part of the budget will also be passed by both the House and Senate.


Other Priorities Awaiting the S.C. Legislature

Santee Cooper Resolution
The Legislature plans to vote soon on whether to sell Santee Cooper, hire another company to manage the utility or keep the business under its current management. This is all in the wake of the $9 billion debt accumulated from the failed VC Summer nuclear plant by the state-owned utility. 


The S.C. Department of Administration is seeking binding offers from companies interested in purchasing Santee Cooper as well as others interested in managing it. Proposals are to be considered this week. The objective is to eliminate or dramatically reduce all of the nuclear debt from Santee Cooper ratepayers. South Carolina’s electric cooperatives, which includes Palmetto Electric, will be paying more to the nuclear debt if a solution cannot be found.


Hate Crimes Law
Members of the Jewish, African-American and interfaith communities gathered at the State House this past week to call for legislators to pass a hate crimes law in South Carolina in the wake of anti-Semitic attacks nationwide. South Carolina is one of four states in the U.S. without a hate crimes law.


It's my honor to be of service to You. If you need assistance navigating State Government, or have any thoughts concerning what we are doing, please do not hesitate to contact me by clicking here!


Jeff Bradley

Republican, Jeff Bradley, Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie, Beaufort County, SC

District 123, SC Rep. Jeff Bradley

Jan. 13, 2020: Okatie Recycling Dump Update