EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Nikki Haley Rising
A new poll from South Carolina shows State Representative Nikki Haley has moved into third place (PDF) ahead of Congressman Gresham Barrett.Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Andrew Bauer are tied at 22% with Haley moving up to 13%.This is really good news for Haley. She’s moved up in the polling and is now ahead of an otherwise popular sitting Congressman. Significantly, Nikki Haley is in second place with voters aged 45-64 and tied with McMaster in second place for voters aged 30-44. Likewise, Nikki Haley just announced the legislation she has pre-filed for the upcoming legislative season. It gives us a real taste of the type of governor she would be.The three pieces of legislation are summarized from a campaign press release below the fold.The South Carolina Taxpayer Protection ActEstablishes real spending caps, with annual General Fund state spending limited to the expenditure level of the year prior plus population growth and inflation. All excess state revenue will be returned to South Carolina taxpayers. Establishes ‘zero-based budgeting,’ not just for the Governor but for the legislature as well, in which all agencies will be required to justify all expenditures, not simply increases on the expenditures of the year prior. Establishes a three-legislative day waiting period prior to the legislature voting on final budget of the state’s budget, in which the budget in full must be available for viewing online.The South Carolina Accountability in Government ActEstablishes a requirement that all members of the General Assembly fully-disclose their outside income, including the disclosure of client lists for services rendered. Prohibits the awarding of state contracts to any local or state government officials, as well as to the spouses, children, and siblings of said officials.Joint Resolution Regarding Term Limits for Members of the General AssemblyEstablishes a ballot initiative that would allow the voters of South Carolina to change the state Constitution in order to:limit the number of years served in the South Carolina House of Representatives to eight, or four full terms; limit the number of years served in the South Carolina Senate to eight, or two full terms; limit the total number of years served in the General Assembly to twelve.