We have been successful in recent years attracting manufacturers to our state. They have brought with them good-paying, highly-skilled jobs. The question is, how can we get more?
I came to the state legislature after a long business career. When I worked in private industry, I helped out a number of organizations that were involved with promoting manufacturing, and groups that supported an increase in college-level technical education. I think both of those areas are just as important now. I would add high school vocational educational to that list, as well as an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and awareness.
What we need much less of are regulations and bureaucratic red tape from Washington, DC.
If you have run a business of any size, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you have not—this is not just a political “talking point.” The regulatory burden is massive and growing all of the time. It is matched in size, growth and need of reform only by the federal tax code.
The more we can get Washington out of the way of businesses here in South Carolina, and the more we can prepare our workforce with today’s necessary skills, the more good paying and highly skilled jobs we will have.