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Statement on budget vetoes from Gov. Nikki Haley

June 29th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley tonight released the following statement:

“It’s a shame that the General Assembly chose to spend more tax dollars than we can reasonably afford, and chose to spend it in some areas like public TV and political party primary elections that are beyond the core functions of government.  But we have had some tremendous successes in this legislative session, and we are looking forward to more of them next year.  Ultimately, the citizens of our state will decide whether they want a legislature that spends less than was done this year.”

Tire International Announces New Tire Recycling and Rubber Products Manufacturing Facility in Berkeley County

$25 million investment expected to create 150 new jobs

June 29th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Berkeley County and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance today announced that Tire International (TRIE: OTC Markets), a tire recycler and maker of rubber products, is establishing a new recycling and manufacturing facility in Berkeley County. The $25 million investment is expected to generate 150 new jobs.

Tire International has established a third-generation recycling and manufacturing operation in Moncks Corner. The company is currently in the process of upgrading its facility there to prepare for full operations. The company previously based its tire recycling and rubber manufacturing work in China, but now is bringing all of those operations to Berkeley County.

Gov. Nikki Haley said, “Tire International’s $25 million job-creating investment in the Lowcountry – that is expected to generate as many as 1,000 jobs – is something we’re going to celebrate. Our administration works day in and day out to make South Carolina the most attractive in the country for business development, and bring jobs to every part of our state, and we’re excited to see that work pay off for Berkeley County.”

“South Carolina continues to have a strong reputation in the materials recycling sector. Tire International’s decision to locate in Berkeley County will further bolster that reputation. The company’s decision to locate its operations in South Carolina is another indication that our state’s business-friendly climate, skilled workforce and exceptional market access are working to attract new investment and international companies,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

Tire International CFO and Director Marty Sergi said, “We are delighted to start up operations in the business-friendly environment of South Carolina and Berkeley County. This was the key in our decision to not only expand our operations but also to move our production operations from China to South Carolina. In addition, the existing infrastructure of the facility has enabled us to commence operations quicker than we could have done in any other location. The ability to have our raw material delivered by rail along with the proximity of the Charleston port will be critical to the success of our business.”

Andy Acho, former worldwide director of environmental outreach and strategy for Ford Motor Co., also a director of Tire International, said,  “It is no longer sufficient for a good company to meet consumer demands by just providing innovative products with excellent durability, quality and reliability. A company’s products must also be environmentally responsible. By incorporating recycled materials into their offerings, they not only meet consumer demand but also society’s goals. That’s what our company is all about.”

At the plant, Tire International will recycle tires by breaking them down into raw materials and will produce finished consumer products including environmentally responsible and high quality commercial and residential flooring, artificial fields, playgrounds, landscaping materials and rubberized asphalt.

Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis welcomed the company to Berkeley County. “We are excited another global company has chosen our community as its preferred place to do business. Tire International joins a growing list of international companies drawn to our region by a productive port, an integrated transportation system and a business-friendly environment. We look forward to their continued success,” Davis said.

Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman Sean Bennett echoed that sentiment. “Tire International’s decision to locate in the Charleston region sends a strong message and further validates the trend of companies choosing to on-shore manufacturing operations in the United States. Our workforce is once again proving to be a key asset in our ability to attract businesses from around the world.” 

Tire International will be ramping up during the summer and fall and expects to have the plant fully operational by the end of the year. The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions at the end of September and will work with readySC during the hiring process. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the Moncks Corner Workforce Center at 843-761-4400 at that time.

Tire International is a publicly traded developmental stage company committed to clean green recycling technology and value added manufacturing. Through innovative process manufacturing, negative cost recycled raw materials and waste-to-value manufacturing into finely crafted products, Tire International plans to become a leader in third generation recycling, the newest American movement in fully integrated clean green recycled products.  The company is committed to creating new jobs and finding new and improved ways to reduce extensive waste tire stockpiles. The company expects to become a leading North American manufacturer of finished products available for export and domestic consumption. Visit the company’s website at http://www.tireinternational.net.

Gov. Nikki Haley honors College World Series champion Gamecocks

Haley orders University of South Carolina flag be flown over Statehouse

June 29th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released the following statement after she ordered a University of South Carolina Gamecocks flag be flown over the Statehouse to honor the Gamecocks' baseball national championship:

"Michael and I join thousands of people across our state – and across the country – in congratulating the Gamecocks baseball team on back-to-back College World Series national championships. During a record-setting postseason run, the Gamecocks gave every South Carolinian something to celebrate. We’re incredibly proud of the team’s success on and off the baseball field, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them home once again as national champions. Get excited!"

Gov. Nikki Haley announces budget vetoes

June 28th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced her decision to veto 34 line-items and provisos in the state budget and the Capital Reserve Appropriations Joint Resolution in its entirety. The governor’s vetoes total just over $213 million. Video of the governor’s state budget veto media briefing is available online, and the governor’s veto messages are attached.

Gov. Haley said, “Approaching the General Fund vetoes and going forward in our administration, you are going to find that we are living within our means. Just like every business and household lives within its means, South Carolina government from this day forward is going to live within its means. What we have done is gone and set a cap. We found expenditures that we needed to cut; we found out that it wasn't the core function of government. The next thing that we looked at was the Capital Reserve Fund. Three out of the last four years we tapped into the Capital Reserve Fund, and two out of those three years we not only spent the Capital Reserve Fund but we went beyond that. What we want to do is realize those were tough economic times. Now, we want to make sure that we allow ourselves to acquire reserves and save money – mid-year budget cuts, furloughs and relying on stimulus dollars will be a thing of South Carolina's past.”

Gov. Nikki Haley signs illegal immigration reform bill

“South Carolina is a tolerant state, but it’s also a law-abiding state.”

June 27th

COLUMBIA,S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today signed into law S 20, an illegal immigration reform bill, during a ceremony at the Statehouse. Video of the bill signing is available online.

Gov. Haley said, “As the proud daughter of immigrants, who taught us everyday how blessed we are to live here, I want to say that South Carolina welcomes people, and we love the fact that this state is made up of many different types of people. But we also appreciate that those people, like my parents, put in their time and came here the right way - they came here legally. What we are saying is that this state can no longer afford those who don't come here the right way, and we are now going to do something about it. I want to thank the supporters of the bill – in particular Senator Larry Grooms, Senator Larry Martin and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Harrison – and I want to make sure that the supporters of the bill celebrate as the rest of the country is watching: South Carolina is a tolerant state, but it's also a law-abiding state.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: June 27, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 27 includes:

Monday, June 27, 3:30 PM: Gov. Haley to hold bill signing ceremony for illegal immigration reform bill, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, June 28, 4:00 PM: Gov. Haley to hold “Open Door After 4, Statehouse,” Columbia, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: June 19, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 19 included the following:

Sunday, June 19

Gov. Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley attended the Paris Air Show in Paris, France.

5:00 PM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

6:00 PM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

Monday, June 20

Gov. Haley, the First Gentleman and economic development officials attended the Paris Air Show in Paris, France.

8:45 AM: Economic development meeting.

9:30 AM: First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

10:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

11:30 AM: Gov. Haley met with active duty flight crew from Charleston Air Force base who flew Boeing-made C-17 to the Paris Air Show.

12:00 PM: First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

1:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

1:00 PM: First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

2:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:00 PM: First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

2:45 PM: Economic development meeting.

3:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

6:30 PM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

7:00 PM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

Tuesday, June 21

Gov. Haley, the First Gentleman and economic development officials attended the Paris Air Show in Paris, France.

9:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

9:45 AM: Economic development meeting.

10:00 AM: First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

10:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

10:45 AM: First Gentleman had economic development meeting.

11:30 AM: Economic development meeting.

12:15 PM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

1:00 PM: Economic development meeting.

1:15 PM: First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

1:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:30 PM: First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

3:15 PM: Newspaper interview.

3:30 PM: Newspaper interview.

3:45 PM: Newspaper interview.

Wednesday, June 22

Gov. Haley, the First Gentleman and economic development officials participated in an economic trade mission in Germany.

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley met with Dräxlmaier Group and made an economic development announcement.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

4:30 PM: Economic development meeting

Thursday, June 23

Gov. Haley, the First Gentleman and economic development officials participated in an economic trade mission in Germany.

11:00 AM: Economic development meeting.

1:00 PM: First Gentleman had a policy meeting.

3:30 PM: Economic development meeting.

Friday, June 24

Gov. Haley, the First Gentleman, and economic development officials participated in an economic trade mission in Germany.

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had an economic development meeting.

11:30 AM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had a policy meeting.

12:00 PM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had a policy meeting.

6:00 PM: Gov. Haley and the First Gentleman had an agency meeting.

8:00 PM: Newspaper interview.

Gov. Nikki Haley, Gov. Rick Scott place friendly wager on College World Series

June 27th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Confident that the Gamecocks are poised to bring home a second straight national title, Gov. Nikki Haley placed a friendly wager with Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on the College World Series NCAA baseball championship. The best-of-three game series starts tonight when the University of South Carolina takes on the University of Florida at 8:00 PM ET.

“We’re a state – and I’m a governor – that doesn’t like to lose,” said Gov. Haley. “So, today, I called my good friend Gov. Scott, talked a little smack, and told him that I’d bet him a barbecue dinner from Hudson’s Smokehouse in Lexington that the Gamecocks would bring home the national title to Columbia. He took me up on the bet.”

Gov. Scott bet Key Lime Pie from Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe that the Gators would win.

Gov. Haley said, "The Gamecocks’ baseball team represents the very best in our state, and its postseason run is something for every South Carolinian to get excited about. We're proud of them and wish them the very best in Omaha."

Gov. Haley, Sec. Hitt visit BMW corporate headquarters in Munich

Haley continues tradition established by Gov. Campbell

June 27th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley and Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt last week visited BMW’s corporate headquarters in Munich, Germany.

Gov. Haley and Sec. Hitt met with Dr. Norbert Reithofer, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management; Frank-Peter Arndt, Chief Production Officer, Member of the Board, BMW; Maximilian Schoberl, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs; and Dr. Thomas Becker, Vice President Government Affairs.

Gov. Haley’s visit continued a South Carolina tradition in which every governor since Carroll Campbell has met with the sitting CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW.

BMW broke ground in South Carolina in 1992 and began manufacturing automobiles in Spartanburg in July 1994. The plant is now the expertise center for BMW’s X models and is the sole global producer of the X3, X5 and X6. In 2010, the plant produced more than159,000 vehicles. BMW has approximately 40 suppliers in the state and employs more than 7,000 associates in South Carolina.

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on temporary leadership change at Corrections

Robert E. “Bob” Ward named Acting Director

June 23rd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Robert E. “Bob” Ward – who has served at the Department of Corrections for 29 years, including a stint as interim director – was today named Acting Director at Corrections after Director William R. “Bill” Byars, Jr., suffered a mild stroke.  Judge Byars is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery and, in due time, return to his post as Director.

"Michael and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Judge and Mrs. Byars,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “We have every faith that the Judge - one of the strongest and most determined South Carolinians we've had the pleasure to know - will make a full and speedy recovery.  Our focus now is giving him all the time he needs to get well.”

Draexlmaier Automotive of America Announces Expansion in Spartanburg County

More than $22 million investment expected to create 150 new jobs

June 22nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Futures Group of Spartanburg County today announced that Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC, an affiliate of the Dräxlmaier Group, will expand its current facility in Spartanburg County. The $22.35 million investment is expected to generate 150 new jobs over the next five years.

Gov. Haley and Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt today toured a Dräxlmaier Group Automotive facility in Germany. Pictures of the tour are attached.

“This investment will allow Dräxlmaier to grow and remain competitive,” said Stefan Bude, chief financial officer for Dräxlmaier Group, North America region. “It also shows our commitment to the Upstate and South Carolina as a long-term production site.”

Dräxlmaier will upgrade its facility, located at 1751 East Main Street in Duncan, to accommodate increased production. The investment includes the previously announced addition of a $10 million, 64,500-square-foot production building to the existing facility, as well as upgrades to the plant infrastructure and equipment. Earlier today, Gov. Haley met with executives at the Dräxlmaier headquarters in Germany.

“We are on a roll creating jobs for the people of South Carolina,” Gov. Haley said. “Please join me in thanking Draexlmaier Automotive of America for their commitment to the people of our great state.”

“South Carolina’s automotive sector continues to grow, and this expansion announcement by Dräxlmaier is another indication of that fact. Our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce continue to attract investment and help our existing businesses grow. We appreciate Dräxlmaier’s decision to continue to do business in the Palmetto State,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

The new production hall will expand the plant’s capacity by more than a third and house state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology for the assembly of vehicle interiors and components, including instrument panels, center consoles and door panels.

“We are extremely delighted that Dräxlmaier has chosen to expand their Duncan facility. We are always excited when existing companies grow, verifying Spartanburg County as an excellent location to do business.  We appreciate their continued commitment to our corporate community and their ongoing investment of operations and job opportunities,” said David Britt, chairman of Economic Development Committee of Spartanburg County Council and board member of the Economic Futures Group.

A Tier I supplier to the international automotive industry, Dräxlmaier manufactures premium interiors and plastic components at its Duncan site, which is also home to the company’s U.S. headquarters. Built in 1998, the facility has been expanded twice since then, the last time in 2005 when a new R&D wing was added to the existing building.

“Our Duncan plant plays an important strategic role for our North America business,” said Karl Wallner, board member of the Germany-based Dräxlmaier Group. “The expansion shows that we are committed to a steady growth in this region. The well-trained and highly-skilled workforce in South Carolina will help us to design and manufacture high-quality products for the international automotive industry.”

“As the demand for our products increases, this expansion will help us meet the needs of our customers and position us for future growth,” Ulrich Eichler, chief operating officer for Dräxlmaier Group, North America region.

Construction of the building addition has been underway since early March and is expected to be completed by mid-September. The addition was designed by Germany-based DELTA ImmoTec GmbH. Local contractors include Context Design Group PLLC of Greenville, S.C.; MB Kahn Construction Company of Greenville, S.C.; Paragon Engineering & Geosciences LLC of Greenville, S.C.; and Collins Hammett Construction LLC of Greer, S.C.

The company will begin hiring for the positions in July. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should submit his or her resume to JDUN@draexlmaier.us or contact Dräxlmaier Corporate Recruiter Lisa Alexander at alexander.lisa@draexlmaier.us.

Draexlmaier Automotive of America is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dräxlmaier Group of Germany. Dräxlmaier currently operates at 57 plant sites in 21 countries. The company’s main lines of business include interior components, cockpits, wiring harness and electrical management systems. Customers in North America include BMW, General Motors/Cadillac and Volkswagen. For more information about the company, please visit www.draexlmaier.de/index_en.htm.

DHS grants Gov. Nikki Haley’s request to allow S.C. to enforce illegal immigration law

June 22nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today thanked the Department of Homeland Security for granting South Carolina access to documents that will allow our Labor, License, and Regulation (LLR) Department to enforce our anti-illegal immigration laws.  DHS had previously stood in the way of the state enforcing its illegal immigration laws. The decision comes in response to requests made by Gov. Haley and LLR Director Catherine Templeton.

In a letter to the governor, DHS wrote, “[DHS] has decided to authorize South Carolina E-Verify employers and their E-Verify Employer Agents to disclose E-Verify information directly to LLR when requested by LLR.” The full letter is attached.

Gov. Haley said, “My job as governor is to make sure South Carolina is doing everything we can to protect our citizens and enforce our laws, and when the federal government stands in the way of that, we’re going to be loud.  Illegal immigration is a serious issue in our state and in our country, and until the federal government does its job and secures our borders, South Carolina is going to step up and do something about it. I appreciate Secretary Napolitano’s decision.”

Last month, Gov. Haley wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the failure of DHS to grant South Carolina access to documents that confirm employers are using E-Verify.

The governor’s letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano read, in part, “[I]n response to the federal government’s failure to address illegal immigration, in 2008 South Carolina enacted a tough immigration law that requires employers to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires…We were troubled to learn that the Department of Homeland Security prohibits our investigators from accessing E-Verify documents that certify an employer’s verification of all new hires.”

Video: Gov. Nikki Haley at the Paris Air Show

June 20th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today released a video from the Paris Air Show. As a part of the governor’s itenenary, she met with an active duty flight crew from the Charleston Air Force Base, which flew a Boeing-made C17 to Paris for the air show.

In the video, Gov. Haley said, “As you can see there is so much excitement about the aerospace industry…[and] South Carolina.

“Since Boeing came to South Carolina, we've got so many businesses that are looking to do business [in our state]. And I will tell you that along with Michelin and GE who we met with today, the buzz is about how great our workforce is, how the cost of doing business is low, and how we continue to get more business friendly. They've seen our fight against the unions, they understand that we’re trying to do great things to create a more business friendly environment.

“We've also had a chance to meet with our Charleston Air Force crew of the C-17s, thank them for their service, and see their great plane as they were here as well.

“We will continue to work on jobs, jobs, jobs, but just know that everyone here in this beautiful city is talking about our beautiful state of South Carolina.”

Video: Gov. Nikki Haley testifies at NLRB hearing in North Charleston

June 20th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Friday, Governor Nikki Haley testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s field hearing, “Unionization Through Regulation: The NLRB's Holding Pattern on Free Enterprise.”

Video of the governor’s testimony is available online.

During the hearing, Gov. Haley said, “[W]hat I can tell you is, as governor, my job is to do whatever I can to create more [jobs].  I never thought that a president and his appointees at the National Labor Relations Board would be one of the biggest opponents. If you tell a great American company like Boeing that they cannot create jobs in South Carolina all you are doing is incentivizing those companies to go overseas…It's an attack on our employers in this country who are trying to keep business in America. It's an attack on the employees who appreciate the fact that they have jobs to go to. It's an attack on the states that work hard to make sure we keep the cost of doing business low, that we continue to have a pro-business environment, and that we do everything that makes America great.”

Gov. Haley continued, “[W]hile South Carolina is the first state to have to deal with this, while Boeing is the first company to deal with this, this needs to be the last company to deal with this. If we are going to prosper, if our economy is going to prosper, we cannot let the federal government and unelected bureaucrats come in and start pushing their way in on our American companies.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: June 20, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 19 includes:

Sunday, June 19 to Tuesday, June  21: Gov. Haley and economic development officials are attending the Paris Air Show, Paris, France.

Wednesday, June 22 to Friday, June 24: Gov. Haley and economic development officials will participate in an economic trade mission in Germany.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: June 13, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 13 included the following:

Monday, June 13

12:00 PM: Agency call.

3:00 PM: Gov. Haley participated in a CBS News' town hall on the economy with Congressman Paul Ryan, Congressman Allen West and U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, Newseum, Washington, D.C. (Town hall was taped Monday afternoon and aired on Tuesday's The Early Show.)

Tuesday, June 14

8:45 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Budget and Control Board meeting.

11:30 AM: Post-Budget and Control Board meeting media availability.

12:00 PM: Policy meeting.

1:30 PM: Policy meeting.

1:50 PM: Legislative meeting.

2:45 PM: Press conference.

3:15 PM: Legislative meeting.

3:50 PM: Economic development meeting.

4:45 PM: Agency meeting.

Wednesday, June 15

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Constituent meeting.

11:30 AM: Gov. Haley was the keynote speaker at the Grand Opening Ceremonies of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy Basic Training Village, Criminal Justice Academy, Columbia, S.C.

1:15 PM: Policy meeting.

2:30 PM: Press conference.

4:50 PM: Constituent meeting.

Thursday, June 16

8:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley and former CBO Director and American Action Forum President Doug Holtz-Eakin participated in a conference call with reporters to discuss NLRB and Boeing.

1:00 PM: Major tourism and economy development announcement on Hilton Head Island.

1:45: PM: Media availability.

2:50 PM: Newspaper interview.

3:00 PM: Agency call.

4:00 PM: Call with member of the congressional delegation.

4:35 PM: Newspaper interview.

Friday, June 17

9:00 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Gov. Haley spoke at the Palmetto Boys & Girls State Inaugural Ceremony, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

12:20 PM: Television interview.

12:45 PM: Call with fellow constitutional officer.

2:30 PM: Gov. Haley testified before the congressional field hearing, “Unionization Through Regulation: The NLRB's Holding Pattern on Free Enterprise", North Charleston, S.C.

3:45 PM: Media availability.

5:00 PM: Agency call.

Letter: Gov. Nikki Haley leads 16 governors in asking NLRB to dismiss case against Boeing

June 17th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, who will today testify at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s NLRB hearing, has organized a group of 16 governors to demand that the NLRB dismiss its case against The Boeing Company.

In a letter to NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon, who will also testify at today’s hearing, the governors say, “When we, as governors, are fighting to improve the economic interests of our states, the federal government should not stand in our way. While governors are trying to break the ties that bind free enterprises from doing business, the federal government should not tell Boeing where it can build airplanes.”

A copy of the governors’ letter to Mr. Solomon is attached: here.

Gov. Nikki Haley appoints Mark Keel to be next SLED chief

Haley: “There’s a new chief in town, and that new chief is Mark Keel”

June 15th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today announced the appointment of Mark Keel to be the next Director of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) during an afternoon press conference.  Mr. Keel currently serves as Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS), a post he has held since 2008.

Video of the press conference is available online.

“This is a great day. There’s a new chief in town, and that new chief is Mark Keel. When I think of Mark Keel, the words that come to mind are: leadership, pride, fairness and trust,” said Gov. Haley.

“Three years ago, Mark Keel took the helm of the Department of Public Safety and his leadership and accomplishments there - combined with his many years of exemplary service to SLED - give me no doubt that he is the right SLED chief at the right time. We share a commitment to strengthening SLED in a way that South Carolina citizens are safe and our law enforcement officials are proud.  He will be a tremendous asset to our state and the law enforcement community at-large, and I am so thankful to Mark and his wife, Jeri, for their continued commitment to the people of South Carolina.”

Mr. Keel served at SLED for almost 29 years, including six months as Interim Director from December 2007 – April 2008, before taking over as DPS Director.

Gov. Nikki Haley joins Republican governors demanding real Medicaid reform

June 15th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley joined 28 other Republican governors from across the country in calling for greater flexibility and accountability for their states’ Medicaid programs. A list of seven guiding principles for Medicaid reform was issued by the Republican Governors Association (RGA) Monday in a letter to Congress. South Carolina was one of six Medicaid programs which worked on the initial draft principles included in the RGA letter.

Medicaid represents 25% of the South Carolina state budget and this financial burden will significantly increase after the planned federal expansion of Medicaid in 2014. In South Carolina, Medicaid already covers more than 975,000 people per year; more than 400,000 additional enrollees are expected to be added to the rolls in 2014. Medicaid program rules are largely dictated by complex federal regulations.

“We’re going to continue to say no to the Obama administration's healthcare mandates that our state does not want and cannot afford," Haley said.  “Tony Keck and our administration have worked with states across the country to come together on clear principles that will allow South Carolina to improve health outcomes and manage Medicaid costs. It is time the President and the Congress give us the flexibility we need to serve the citizens of our state.”

South Carolina Health and Human Services Director Tony Keck agreed, and said current federal policies are not geared toward improving the health of the population, which years of research shows has more to do with employment, income, education and healthy behavior than how many health services are paid for.

“Medicaid has always been primarily about paying providers rather than purchasing the most health for the least amount of money for those in need,” Keck said.  “Most Americans would be shocked to know that for the billions of taxpayer dollars sent each year to states by the federal government, there is almost no requirement that we actually spend this money to measurably improve health.”

As an example, Keck says that while South Carolina Medicaid covers more than half of all births, and has much higher than average reimbursements for labor and delivery, the state has one of the highest rates of low-birth weight babies and infant mortality.  Working with a variety of stakeholders in a more comprehensive approach to reduce these poor outcomes is a key strategy for the department going forward.

“The answer to solving South Carolina’s health problems is not more financial burdens and more federal red tape,” Haley said. “We must be allowed to offer innovative, cost-effective solutions that address health issues specific to our citizens. We’re willing to accept more responsibility for producing results, but we need the flexibility to do it.”

Gov. Haley appoints James V. (Jim) Martin as new Inspector General
Martin will expose fraud, waste and abuse in state government

June 15th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today appointed James V. (Jim) Martin of Columbia, a former assistant director of South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), as the new the State Inspector General during an afternoon press conference.

Gov. Haley said, “Jim Martin comes to us with great experience. After twenty-two years at SLED, Jim is very familiar with phone fraud, fuel fraud, contracting fraud, purchasing fraud and conflicts of interest – and that’s exactly what we're looking for when we're talking about cleaning up state agencies and exactly what we're looking for in terms of what our directors need from him. His experience is going to be incredibly helpful.”

Gov. Haley created the Office of State Inspector General by executive order shortly after being sworn-in. Video of today’s press conference is available online.

As State Inspector General, Martin will be charged with detecting, exposing and deterring fraud, waste, mismanagement, and abuse in programs and operations of executive agencies.  Martin will also report to agency heads and to the governor on any problems and deficiencies he identifies in executive agencies' programs and operations.

Martin has extensive public service and private sector experience. For twenty-two years, Martin served at SLED. He was also Director of Business Development at Datamaxx Applied Technologies, Inc. and Director of Public Safety at Paradigm4, overseeing a department with estimated revenues of $100 million in 1999.

Elliott Sawmilling Company Inc. Announces Expansion in Hampton County

Investment expected to generate new jobs

June 14th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Hampton County and the SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance today announced that Elliott Sawmilling Company Inc. will expand its current facility in Hampton County. The $800,000 investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs.

“Elliott Sawmilling Company is proud to announce that we will be expanding our operation,” said Nash Elliott, products manager of Elliott Sawmilling Company. “As part of the expansion, we will add a rail siding to transport lumber, allowing us to reach markets that we would otherwise not be able to reach. The expansion will create 15 new jobs and position Elliott Sawmilling Co. as a strong business in the future. Thanks to the hard work of the Southern Carolina Alliance, Hampton County, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce, this expansion has become a reality.”

Elliott Sawmilling Company is expanding its operations at its Estill facility. The company plans to add a rail siding and loading area to the facility. Work on the expansion is expected to be completed by July 2012.

“Our administration is focused on strengthening South Carolina’s business fundamentals so that more businesses will be encouraged to invest and create jobs, especially in our rural communities. We celebrate Elliott Sawmilling Company’s decision to expand in Hampton County and their decision to create more jobs in our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“We appreciate Elliott Sawmilling Company’s decision to increase its presence in the Palmetto State and create more jobs. While we work to attract new investment to South Carolina, it is just as important to foster a business-friendly climate that helps our existing firms, like Elliott Sawmilling Company, meet with success. We look forward to company’s continued growth in our state,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

“We congratulate Elliott Sawmilling Company on their continued success and growth in Hampton County,” said Hampton County Council Chairman Hugh Gray.  “We will continue to create the best environment to not only attract new companies, but to foster growth among our existing industries.”

“Elliott Sawmilling has played a pivotal role in our local economy for many years,” said Hampton County Economic Development Commission Chairman DeThane Johnson. “Their expansion is not only indicative of their success, it breeds more success for our community because each job created affects a family in Hampton County. That’s why economic development is so critical to the quality of life our region has to offer.”

”We are grateful to Elliott Sawmilling for their investment in our people and in our county,” said Hampton County Administrator Sabrena Graham.  “Our county’s leaders have worked hard to establish the best conditions for business, and we all celebrate Elliott Sawmilling Company’s success.”

“The expansion of our local industries, both those that are homegrown and those with an international reach, is a testament to Hampton County’s ability to offer a competitive advantage to prospective and existing companies,” said Sandy Fowler, Economic Development Director for Hampton County.  “We would like to thank Elliott Bros. for the jobs they have provided in this community for decades, as well as the new jobs they are creating this year.”

“Elliott Sawmilling Company is an asset to our regional economy and a leader in our wood products industry cluster,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Johnny Williamson.  “We appreciate the job creation and investment this expansion brings, and we appreciate the hard work and support from our local partners at the Hampton County Economic Development Commission and from our state partners at the S.C. Department of Commerce.”

The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions in July of 2012. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Kathy Ginn at 803-625-3331.

About Elliott Sawmilling Company

Founded in 1958 by R.H. Elliott, Elliott Sawmilling is a manufacturer of southern yellow pine lumber.  Brothers Dickie, Miles and Robert Elliott have assumed the leadership of the company from their father and currently employ 168 people.  Nash and McCarten Elliott are also employed by the company, taking it into its third generation.  The company is located in Estill.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Weekly Schedule: June 13, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week includes the following public events:

Monday, June 13, 3:00 PM: Gov. Haley will participate in a CBS News' town hall on the economy with Congressman Paul Ryan, Congressman Allen West and Senator Tom Coburn, Newseum, Washington, D.C. (Town hall will be taped Monday afternoon and air on Tuesday's The Early Show.)

Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 AM: Gov. Haley will attend a Budget and Control Board meeting, Room 252, Brown Building, Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, June 14, 2:45 PM: Gov. Haley to hold Statehouse press conference to announce appointment, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, June 15, 11:30 AM: Gov. Haley will be the keynote speaker for the Grand Opening Ceremonies of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy Basic Training Village, Criminal Justice Academy, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, June 15, 2:00 PM: Gov. Haley to hold Statehouse press conference to announce appointment, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, June 16, 1:00 PM: Gov. Haley to hold press conference, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, June 17, 11:00 AM: Gov. Haley will welcome the Boys State and Girls State delegates to the Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

Note: As additional public events are added to the schedule, you’ll be notified.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Schedule: June 6, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley’s schedule for the week of June 6 included the following:

Monday, June 6

8:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

8:55 AM: Congressional call.

11:15 AM: Economic development call.

12:00 PM: Policy meeting.

1:05 PM: Gov. Haley called into Rocky D's radio show.

1:30 PM: Congressional call.

2:00 PM: Agency meeting.

3:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

3:30 PM: Agency meeting.

Tuesday, June 7

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:30 AM: Legislative meeting.

11:00 AM: Economic development call.

2:00 PM: Constituent meeting.

3:08 PM: Gov. Haley called into Keven Cohen’s radio show.

3:35 PM: Gov. Haley called into Bob McLain’s radio show.

4:00 PM: Agency call.

5:00 PM: Gov. Haley appeared live on WLTX News 19's Friends @ 5.

Wednesday, June 8

8:20 AM: Agency call.

8:38 AM: Gov. Haley called into Richard Todd’s radio show.

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Legislative meeting.

10:45 AM: Call with fellow governor.

11:00 AM: Constituent meeting.

11:45 AM: Economic development meeting.

1:45 PM: Economic development call.

2:00 PM: Call with fellow governor.

2:30 PM: Legislative meeting.

2:45 PM: Agency meeting.

3:15 PM: Economic development call.

4:00 PM: Agency meeting.

5:30 PM: Interview with S.C. Radio Network.

6:15 PM: Economic development call.

Thursday, June 9

9:30 AM: Gov. Haley arrived at the Office of the Governor for office hours, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C.

11:30 AM: Agency call.

2:00 PM: Agency call.

3:00 PM: Agency call.

3:55 PM: Economic development call.

6:20 PM: Newspaper interview.

10:00 PM: Gov. Haley appeared on Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

Friday, June 10

9:00 AM: Agency call.

10:00 AM: Gov. Haley participated in the ribbon cutting for Boeing’s new South Carolina 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly Building, North Charleston, S.C.

11:00 AM: Gov. Haley holds media availability.

11:20 AM: Economic development meeting.

12:00 PM: Television interview.

1:45 PM: Economic development call.

1:55 PM: Economic development call.

2:00 PM: Agency call.

2:05 PM: Television interview.

2:30 PM: Television interview.

2:55 PM: Agency call.

3:05 PM: Newspaper interview.

3:15 PM: Congressional call.

4:10 PM: Newspaper interview.

4:20 PM: Agency call.

Gov. Nikki Haley to hold State Financial Summit on Thursday

Ratings agencies and state financial, legislative and executive branch leaders will participate

June 7th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will hold her administration’s first State Financial Summit on Thursday, June 9, at 8:30 AM in the PRT Conference Room, Room 252, of the Brown Building in Columbia. The summit will bring together rating agencies with the state’s financial, legislative and executive branch leaders. Fitch and Moody’s will be in South Carolina.

The schedule for the State Financial Summit is as follows:

8:30 AM: Welcome and introductions by Gov. Haley.

8:45 – 9:45 AM: Panel Discussion – Strategic budgeting, current revenue projections, budget highlights from FY- 2012, projected results for FY-2011, status of reserve accounts and projected surplus – with State Rep. Brian White, incoming Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee; Richard Eckstrom, Comptroller General of South Carolina; Les Boles, State Budget Director; Roy Hess, Chief Financial Officer, Department of Health and Human Services.

9:45 – 10:30 AM: Panel Discussion – Economic outlook for South Carolina, including key indicators, relevant U.S. Census data, employment trends and recent recruiting successes – with Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce; John Finan, Director of the Department of Employment and Workforce; Rebecca Gunnlaugsson, Economist, Department of Commerce.

10:45 – 11:45 AM: Panel Discussion - Managing pensions and other post employment benefits and an outlook for issuing state debt – with State Sen. Hugh Leatherman, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Joint Bond Review Committee; Curtis Loftis, State Treasurer; State Sen. Greg Ryberg, Chairman of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee; Bill Blume, Director of the State Retirement Systems.

11:45 – 12:45 PM: Panel Discussion – Budget reform, pensions and the State Unemployment Tax Act – with invited participants Senator Glenn McConnell, President Pro Tempore; Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler; Senate Minority Leader John Land; House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham; House Minority Leader Harry Ott.

12:45 – 1:00 PM: Closing remarks by Gov. Haley.

VCI-SC Inc. Announces New Facility in Pickens County

$2 million investment expected to create 50 new jobs

June 7th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Alliance Pickens today announced that VCI-SC Inc., a metal working firm, will establish its new facility in Pickens County. The $2 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs.

“We are pleased to move forward with plans to establish our new operations in Pickens County. The new facility will allow us to manufacture products in much closer proximity to our customers and allow us to expand our market share in the Southeast. South Carolina offers us a positive business environment and exceptional market access. We look forward to starting our new operations in the Upstate,” said Gene Harrison, president of VCI Inc.

VCI-SC Inc. will locate a metal parts manufacturing and design facility in an existing building located at 2632 Farrs Bridge Road in Pickens County. In addition to being a supplier for BMW and other automotive OEM’s, the company does metal work for the aerospace, energy, industrial and military sectors.

“We welcome VCI-SC Inc. to our state’s business community and appreciate the company’s decision to start new operations and create good, new manufacturing jobs here. South Carolina is a competitive place to do business as announcements like this one show. This administration is committed to continuing efforts to improve our state’s business climate and attract investment that creates jobs for South Carolinians,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“VCI-SC Inc. is a leader in providing metal working services and products and the company’s decision to locate its new facility in Pickens County is another sign that our state’s business-friendly climate is attracting investment.  Manufacturing remains a critical part of our state’s economy, especially in the automotive-related sector. We look forward to VCI-SC starting operations in the Palmetto State,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

“We are thrilled to welcome VCI-SC to Pickens County as they expand their operations into the Southeast.  VCI was attracted by our skilled technical workers, our educational programs in our high schools and technical college, and our business-friendly climate.  It is wonderful to be announcing this expansion in Pickens County today and we look forward to watching and supporting VCI-SC as they prosper in South Carolina for many, many years to come,” stated Jennifer Willis, chairwoman of the Pickens County Council.

“VCI-SC is just the sort of company that we like to see locate here,” said Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, chairman of Alliance Pickens. “Gene and his team are on top of their game and committed to excellence in manufacturing and also in the way they do business. We look forward to a long-term relationship that will result in a secure future for highly skilled employees, superb products for VCI-SC customers, and community involvement by Gene and his entire employee base.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in late June. VCI-SC will be looking for applicants for design, welding, machine set-up, machine programming, fixture building and general labor. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact the Liberty Workforce Center at 864-843-6534 at that time.

VCI, based in Sturgis, Mich., is a full service manufacturing firm. The company specializes in material handling solutions and also performs contract manufacturing. The company’s services include concept development, 3D design and solid modeling, prototyping, production laser cutting, CNC brake press bending, machining, cold saw cutting, welding, parts assembly and parts finishing. For more information about the company, please visit www.vciusa.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley responds to lawsuit filed by McConnell

Legislative leadership moves to join governor in response

June 6th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today responded to Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell's unfortunate decision to involve the South Carolina Supreme Court in his effort to stop the S.C. Senate from finishing important restructuring reforms that have already passed the S.C. House of Representatives.

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas, House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham and dozens of other legislators have moved to intervene in the case and join with the governor in responding to the lawsuit filed by State Sen. McConnell.

The governor’s motion to dismiss and the motion to intervene on behalf of legislators are attached.

Gov. Haley said, "Attorney General Alan Wilson reiterated his legal support for our authority to call the General Assembly into special session, and it's disappointing to see Senator McConnell involve the Court today. What we have offered Senators is an extended opportunity, which they asked for, to finish the people's business. If the energy invested in avoiding coming back to work would instead go into passing these important restructuring reforms, South Carolina would be far better served.

The governor went on to say, "I want to thank the following legislators who today stood with us in support of finishing the work of restructuring state government: Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas, House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham, State Sen. Lee Bright, State Sen. Kevin Bryant, State Sen. Ronnie Cromer, State Sen. Greg Gregory, State Sen. Mike Rose, State Sen. Greg Ryberg, State Sen. David Thomas, State Rep. Rita Allison, State Rep. Nathan Ballentine, State Rep. Eric Bikas, State Rep. Bill Chumley, State Rep. Alan Clemmons, State Rep. Tom Corbin, State Rep. Tracy Edge, State Rep. Shannon Erickson, State Rep. Marion Frye, State Rep. Dan Hamilton, State Rep. Chip Huggins, State Rep. Phillip Lowe, State Rep. Jim Merrill, State Rep. Wendy Nanney, State Rep. Ralph Norman, State Rep. Andy Patrick, State Rep. Tommy Pope, and State Rep. Gary Simrill."

Attached:

Brief

Response to McConnell

Le Creuset Announces Expansion in Hampton Count

$3.6 million investment expected

June 6th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Hampton County and the SouthernCarolina Alliance today announced that Le Creuset, a French cookware manufacturer, will expand its facility in Hampton County. The $3.6 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs.

“This investment represents our continued commitment to the Lowcountry and South Carolina. Le Creuset is a beloved and dynamic consumer brand with a truly global footprint, and this expansion in Hampton County will directly fuel and support our aggressive growth plan over the coming years,” said Faye Gooding, CEO of Le Creuset, Americas.

Le Creuset intends to add nearly 200,000 square feet to its existing distribution facility in Hampton County located at 114 Bob Gifford Boulevard. The company expects to have the first 100,000 additional square feet completed by the first quarter of 2012, with the additional 100,000 square feet planned for 2013. 

“This announcement is another win for one of South Carolina’s rural areas and we’re going to celebrate it. Le Creuset’s decision to invest $3.6 million in its Hampton County facility and create jobs demonstrates we are doing the right things to attract investment not only from across the country but from around the globe,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“Le Creuset is a world-class company that has had a presence in South Carolina for more than three decades. This investment not only shows the company’s commitment to our state, but that South Carolina’s skilled workforce and exceptional access to markets continue to help our existing firms expand and create new jobs,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

The company first established its current 100,000-square-foot distribution center near Yemassee in 1997 for its access to the interstate as well as the ports of Savannah and Charleston. The company has had a presence in South Carolina since 1974.

“Hampton County is working closely with Le Creuset to support and assist with their expansion plans,” said Sandy Fowler, executive director of the Hampton County Economic Development Commission. “Le Creuset is a wonderful corporate citizen in our county, and we are delighted with their investment in our region. We look forward to their continued success and growth in our community and pledge our full and enthusiastic support.”

“Le Creuset chose an excellent site in Hampton County just off I-95 for their distribution headquarters, and they have expanded several times since then,” said Hampton County Council Chairman Hugh Gray.  “We appreciate the good jobs that they have provided over the years and the new jobs they are creating through this expansion.”

Hampton County Council Chairman Hugh Gray added that the company has succeeded under the leadership of CEO Faye Gooding, stating “Le Creuset’s success is a source of pride for all of us, and we often point to their investment in our county as an indication of the strength that our workforce and our location have to offer other domestic and international companies in terms of distribution.”

“We are proud to have this internationally recognized company flourishing in the Southern Carolina region,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance President Danny Black. “Le Creuset continues to expand their operations and invest in Hampton County.  We want to thank Faye Gooding and the entire team at the North American distribution facility in Early Branch for their commitment to the people of our area.”

According to SCA Vice Chairman and Hampton Economic Development Commission Chairman DeThane Johnson, Le Creuset’s international reputation and continued growth in the region are utilized in marketing the area.

“We have European and Canadian companies who have selected this area of South Carolina for both manufacturing and distribution,” said Johnson.  “The success of Le Creuset, in particular, is one of the reasons we are marketing a new mega-site adjacent to the Le Creuset facility, which has proven to be a great location for port and interstate access, as well as workforce.  We are appreciative of Le Creuset’s direct job creation, as well as the indirect benefits of having this internationally recognized company growing here.”

The company will begin hiring for the positions later this year. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Le Creuset of America Human Resources via phone at 803-914-2318 or email at employment@lecreuset.com.

Founded in northern France in 1925, Le Creuset now markets its high-end enamel cookware globally. Le Creuset sells its products through more than 1,000 stores in such national upscale shops as Williams-Sonoma, Bloomingdales and Sur La Table. For more information about the company, please visit www.lecreuset.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley calls on Senators to finish work

June 6th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Today, Governor Nikki Haley signed an executive order late Thursday requiring the General Assembly to return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, June 7, at 10:00 AM to finish important work on restructuring reforms.

The governor announced the signing of the executive order during a press conference. Video of the press conference is available here, the executive order is available online, and the attorney general’s opinion referenced in the press conference is attached.

Video: Gov. Haley visits Lexington’s Rocky Creek Elementary School for bill signing

Third grader who proposed bill to make collard greens the state vegetable joins governor for ceremony

June 2nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Today, Governor Nikki Haley visited Mary Grace Wingard’s third grade class at Rocky Creek Elementary School in Lexington where she signed into law the bill to make collard greens the official state vegetable.

The bill was originally proposed by Mary Grace after she visited Gov. Haley’s office earlier in the year, and during the visit, Gov. Haley encouraged Mary Grace and her classmates to get involved in state government early – even before they can vote.

Video of today’s bill signing is available here.

Gov. Haley on Greta: Obama administration says one thing, does another on illegal immigration

“It has to stop and I’m calling them out on it”

June 2nd

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley went On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren last night to discuss the letter she sent to Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to grant South Carolina access to documents that confirm employers are using E-Verify.

Video of the governor’s appearance is available here.

Gov. Haley said, “I think [Secretary Napolitano] owes me a response…We've repeatedly made phone calls and the Obama administration did not respond…[W]e have immigration laws for a reason. South Carolina takes illegal immigration very seriously. Let us enforce our laws…I need the federal government to get out of the way. The federal government has gotten in the way when it comes to health care, unions and which companies can create jobs in South Carolina. And now they are getting in the way [of enforcing] illegal immigration laws. It has to stop and I'm calling them out on it.

“President Obama is saying he is taking illegal immigration seriously. But then on the other hand, it’s his administration that’s stopping us from enforcing [illegal immigration laws]. Saying one thing and doing another is the problem we’ve been having with this administration.”

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Statement on budget vetoes from Gov. Nikki Haley

Tire International announces new Tire Recycling and Rubber Products Manufacturing Facility in Berkeley County

Gov. Nikki Haley honors College World Series champion Gamecocks

Gov. Nikki Haley announces budget vetoes

Gov. Nikki Haley signs illegal immigration reform bill

Gov. Nikki Haley's Weekly Schedule: June 27, 2011

Gov. Nikki Haley's Schedule: June 19, 2011

Gov. Nikki Haley, Gov. Rick Scott place friendly wager on College World Series

Gov. Haley, Sec. Hitt visit BMW corporate headquarters in Munich

Statement from Gov. Nikki Haley on temporary leadership change at Corrections

Draexlmaier Automotive of American announces expansion in Spartanburg County

DHS grants Gov. Nikki Haley's request to allow S.C. to enforce illegal immigration law

Video: Gov. Nikki Haley at the Paris Air Show