Who's serving who in Columbia?

With just three weeks left before the end of this two-year legislative session, I keep hearing the same question back home “What’s everyone thinking down there in the State House? Is anyone listening to the people?”

They remind me we have a Republican majority in the House, a Republican majority in the Senate, and a Republican Governor but we seem to not be getting what the citizens want accomplished.

They know what “this guy” thinks and what I’m working towards but I can’t speak for the rest of the body. I can only share what folks mention in passing at the grocery store, church, schools, and at neighborhood meetings:

Immigration: Stalled

Cigarette Tax: Stalled

Education Choices (Public or Private): Dead

Restructuring: Stalled

Payday Lending: Dead

Spending: Better (“thanks to less money” coming in)

Jobs/Employment: ?

Let’s see what can happen the next few weeks. If these items above aren’t resolved and passed by the House/Senate, Governor….then, as far as I’m concerned, we have some unfinished business left to attend to for the people of South Carolina.

In case you were wondering what we HAVE done this year (in the House), “Major Issues” can be found here. To be fair, the House and Senate have been working very hard but apparently can’t agree on anything it seems.

Who suffers? You, our state….and maybe some incumbents.