From the House Floor: Budget Debate

I briefly took the podium yesterday to honor my word by showing support for our state employees. Most times that I can recall throughout the year, it’s always Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, alone, speaking on behalf of this group during budget debate. Yesterday, she was not alone. After she and I spoke, the Ways and Means Chairman (aka Budget Chairman) spoke and affirmed his desire and intentions to join us in a pay increase this year.

The video speaks for itself, but for background, our state employees often are not on the top of any budget lists in the General Assembly. Frankly, many times the Senate increases their pay/benefits after the House send our budget to them. (To be fair, most times, the revenue estimates are much higher for the Senate to work with due to the timing of the process and the economic numbers being updated).

In any case, I will work to be sure our state employees receive a raise (and hopefully not just a bonus) when the House returns in the coming months to consider additional funding.

Road Work Continues: Exit 97 to Peak

Was asked tonight for an update on the (ongoing) issues with 176 (Broad River) and wanted to pass along what SCDOT shared with me earlier this evening:

“Good evening Nathan, we have started with asphalt repairs on Broad River Road. Based on recommendations from our Research & Materials, we h ave begun to tackle the 10 mile stretch up near the Chapin Rd to Newberry County line with our internal forces. The section from Chapin Rd to Ballentine (Chickfila) will require a more extensive reparid and we currently (are) seeking extensions to existing paving contracts in order to complete the repairs this year. We will keep you posted on this as we progress.”

When we finished a 10 hour budget debate today (no breaks), I came home on Exit 97 (which is the Exit I take everyday – but I go left across 26) and filmed the above video with similar comment as this post.

For background on this and other work in the area, you can search Nathans News or click here for a few posts.

Opening Day: Irmo Little League

From the House Floor: Wasting Time

Unbelievable!

We are more than 45 minutes into “debate” over a minor change in a House Rule.

Video explains it – but to reiterate, the change ONLY REQUIRES THE MEMBER who makes the motion to STAY IN THE CHAMBER at his/her desk while the bill is read.

Members can STILL delay the process by asking the “bill to be read across the desk” – but you would no longer be able to use that dilatory tactic and get to leave the chamber.

Wasting time discussing wasting time in Columbia. Go figure.

Read Across America 2021

I want to thank Mrs. Hinrichs at Riversprings Elementary for inviting me to Read Across America with the Navigators this week!

Outside the State House: Inside the Community

Want to continue to give y’all a behind the scenes look at your Representative. Over the years, we’ve had thousands of new residents in Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo, and I want to let you see a side of me in 2021 you may not see normally. These clips will be about a minute long. Just thought might be good to see the “normal” side of me as well as what we do when we’re not inside the State House.

Earlier videos:

Outside the State House: Home Office

Outside the State House: F3 Lake Murray

Outside the State House: Movement Mortgage

Outside the State House: White Tail Deer Hunting

Behind the Scenes: From the Floor of the State House

Outside the State House: Home Office

Want to continue to give y’all a behind the scenes look at your Representative. Over the years, we’ve had thousands of new residents in Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo, and I want to let you see a side of me in 2021 you may not see normally. These clips will be about a minute long. No idea what the next one will be. Just thought might be good to see the “normal” side of me. I’m not all suit/tie and State House 24/7/365.

Earlier videos:

Outside the State House: F3 Lake Murray

Outside the State House: Movement Mortgage

Outside the State House: White Tail Deer Hunting

D5 Returns to 5 Day In-Person

Behind the Scenes: Floor of the SC House

From time to time, I like to record for you what goes on INSIDE the State House as well as what goes on OUTSIDE the State House.

Of course, if you’re very interested, you can always follow the action on the House and Senate floors or any committee meetings by going to SCStatehouse.gov .

Ever since you first sent me to Columbia, I’ve worked to keep you informed. If you do not currently receive my regular COMMUNITY UPDATE emails, please email me at NathanBallentine@schouse.gov and let me know to add you to the distribution list!

I hope everyone is staying safe as we continue to work to return life back to normal. I have a COVID vaccine update I will be emailing later this evening!