Skip to main content
The Official Web Site of the State of South Carolina

What They Are Saying...

January 20, 2022

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham "Governor @henrymcmaster has laid out a bold vision for our state - one that focuses on teamwork, educating future generations, and leading in a competitive global economy. Under Henry's leadership, South Carolina is prospering, and our future is bright!" (Twitter, 1/19/22)

Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette "Tonight @henrymcmaster gave a strong State of the State! I’m proud to stand with the Governor and his bold initiatives that are helping to boost SC’s economy, expand our strong workforce, and make sure our children have the best access to quality education." (Twitter, 1/19/22)

S.C. Senate President Thomas Alexander "Governor @henrymcmaster did a great job tonight outlining a bright future for our state by making us more competitive in a number of areas. I look forward to working with the Governor to make this happen. Let’s get to work today so our citizens can have a better tomorrow." (Twitter, 1/20/22) 

S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas “The House of Representatives joins him in acknowledging our current challenges while celebrating our state’s hard-won successes. I appreciate the governor’s prioritization of issues such as protecting our elections, cutting income taxes, and reforming education funding to provide more opportunity to all of South Carolina’s children. The House looks forward to working with Gov. McMaster to achieve our shared goals and pursue a commitment towards building a better South Carolina.” (The Florence Morning News, 1/19/22) 

S.C. Representative Russell Fry "Eliminate income taxes for veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, and peace officers! Well said @henrymcmaster" (Twitter, 1/19/22) 

S.C. Representative Sylleste Davis "Great hearing @henrymcmaster tonight talking about his priorities including our children, our teachers, our law enforcement and our veterans. #SCStateoftheState" (Twitter, 1/19/22) 

S.C. Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick "We're fortunate to live in a state with such strong Republican leadership, and COVID reaffirmed that. During the pandemic, Governor McMaster consistently led the way, and now South Carolina is bouncing back better and faster than most of the country. Our unemployment rate is at a record low, new industry is coming to all corners of the state, and more jobs are being added every day. While other states completely shut down and inserted big government and woke ideals into the classroom, the Governor didn't let it happen here because he recognizes the important role parents deserve to play in their child's education. We wholeheartedly agree that dollars should follow the student, and education savings accounts will help ensure children receive the quality education they deserve. And when Joe Biden tried to use the federal government to force unconstitutional mandates, the Governor fought back against those too. It's clear South Carolina is booming, and we look forward to working with Governor McMaster on continuing this great success." (Statement, 1/19/22) 

On the Economy... 

U.S. Representative Tom Rice "South Carolina is in a great position - we have the largest budget surplus, the largest rainy day reserve account balance, and the lowest debt in our history. Congratulations to our Governor @HenryMcMaster on his State of the State address!" (Twitter, 1/20/22)​​​​​​

S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Morgan "The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce appreciated Governor McMaster's pro-business message in his State of the State address tonight, and we would like to thank him for his support of several key items on our Competitiveness Agenda. The Governor understands that South Carolina needs to cut taxes, invest in infrastructure, bolster our workforce and improve our lawsuit climate for our state to reach its full potential. The business community looks forward to working with the Governor and the General Assembly to achieve those goals." (Statement, 1/19/22) 

S.C. Manufacturers Alliance “South Carolina is home to over 5,000 manufacturers and 300,000 manufacturing workers. Governor McMaster’s priorities to expand workforce training opportunities, invest in infrastructure, and advance legal reforms directly impact our state’s manufacturing community.  We look forward to working with Governor McMaster and our State’s leaders to support these policy initiatives that will advance our industry, economy, and South Carolinians’ quality of life for many years to come.” (Statement, 1/19/22) 

On Education... 

U.S. Senator Tim Scott "Tonight, I was pleased to hear Governor @henrymcmaster announce that his executive budget will expand funding for charter schools in South Carolina. This is great news! When parents have a choice, kids have a chance." (Twitter, 1/19/22) 

S.C. Public Charter School District "Gov. Henry McMaster is right in his State of the State address! With his support, charter schools have seen exponential growth in enrollment and demand. With a reliable funding stream supported by his leadership, we can continue to keep #KidsFirst!"  (Facebook,1/19/22)

Charter Institute at Erskine "Thank you, Governor Henry McMaster for your continued support, and thank you for always putting parents and #KidsFirst!" (Facebook, 1/20/22)

CarolinaLIFE "Two years ago, there were $0 set aside for IPSE students in South Carolina. Last year, $750,000 were awarded. This year, $4.3 million is proposed in the Governor’s executive budget! Join us in thanking Henry McMaster and supporting his proposed investment in our students and their access to inclusive higher education!" (Facebook, 1/19/22)