We see all the announcements of mega-corporations relocating to South Carolina, but we rarely hear of any advancement within our small business community. “Why is this?” you may ask. Well it’s because for far too long SC has overlooked our most important economic producers within the state. Regulation and tax reform have been nonexistent for the small business community. While I am thankful for the benefits provided by these large corporations, we have shifted our tax burden on the backs of small business owners to sweeten the deals for these corporations to relocate or expand here. Of course business recruitment is great for the state, but it must be done in a sensible and responsible way that does not shift the tax burden onto the small business community. You see, South Carolina is an appealing place in which to do business. As a result, our job in recruiting mega-corporations is already 95% finished before the first meeting. My point is that as conservatives, we must understand that for every action there is a reaction, especially with our tax structure. I believe one of the most important roles as the next Secretary of State is to be a strong voice for all our small businesses. We should foster ideas concerning how to improve the tax and regulation burdens for all business owners throughout our state. The small business community doesn’t have a fighter in their corner and we must change that.
As the next Secretary of State, I will direct my office to shape policy that will focus on improving our business climate for all sectors equally. I will use my 7 years of legislative experience to help build bridges with legislators and the business community. Most importantly, our next Secretary of State must take a leadership role in communicating the importance of the issues that face South Carolina’s small business community. Our state cannot afford to overlook our state’s most important economic engines. I am running to be that voice we desperately need.