Speaker Bobby Harrell spoke with students at Baptist Hill in Hollywood, South Carolina at a pep-rally celebrating all the hard work the students have put into preparing for their upcoming End-of-Course Exams. Harrell encouraged the middle and high school students to dream big and continue working hard!
For 5th time in 5 years, House again approves a DOA Bill
To hear an audio quote on DOA Restructuring from Speaker Harrell, click here
****NOTE: Chart detailing the House’s DOA plan: here****
(Columbia, SC) – Today, the SC House of Representatives (in a 91 to 23 bipartisan vote) again approved a Department of Administration (DOA) bill, marking the 5th time the House has passed this government restructuring reform over the last 5 years.
If the House’s DOA plan makes it into law this year, it would institute the broadest government restructuring effort to be undertaken in South Carolina in decades. Breaking up the quasi-Executive/Legislative Budget & Control Board, the House’s reform measure places Executive Branch functions directly under the Governor, adds stronger accountability oversight and will save taxpayers money by eliminating waste and duplication.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued this statement about the House’s DOA reform plan:
“Fundamentally changing the way government operates by challenging the status quo never comes easy – or quickly, considering this is the fifth time a DOA bill has passed the House – but our state’s system of government is in need of major reform.
“The House’s DOA reform plan adds direct accountability oversight, streamlines operations by removing duplication, and ultimately, saves taxpayers money. [Read more...]
By, Brendan Kearney
Friday’s ceremony in North Charleston was supposed to be about “Phase 2” of Boeing’s local expansion — a $1.1 billion investment and 2,000 more jobs in exchange for a government incentives package that includes $120 million from the state.
And it was, as a series of top elected and Boeing officials, looking out over the complex from an observation deck, marveled at how the 787 Dreamliner plant has progressed since the first major government-backed expansion here in 2009, and what the next round will include.
Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager Jack Jones welcomes House Speaker Bobby Harrell to the podium at Friday’s celebration of the legislative deal wherein the plane maker agreed to invest another $1.1 billion in its local factory complex in exchange for $120 million of infrastructure support from the state. (Brendan Kearney/postandcourier.com)
Then Michael Luttig, Boeing’s general counsel and a part-time Kiawah Island resident, articulated what many outside the company have suspected about its long-term plans for the Lowcountry. [Read more...]
Bill commits some core state infrastructure development; Boeing commits to double footprint, add 2,000 jobs & invest $1 billion in SC
(Columbia, SC) – By a 115 to 2 bipartisan vote, the SC House of Representatives today approved Economic Development legislation (S. 578) that addresses some core state infrastructure development enabling Boeing to move forward with its recently announced “Phase II” SC expansion – a commitment by the company to an additional investment exceeding $1 billion that will more than double its North Charleston footprint and add at least 2,000 new jobs.
Having already passed the Senate, a procedural 3rd reading by the House tomorrow will set the Economic Development bill for ratification this week which will then be sent to the Governor to be enacted into law.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued this statement about this major economic development win for our state:
“Having now experienced the lofty achievements our state’s highly-skilled and dedicated workforce can deliver, it’s no wonder Boeing wants to do a lot more business in South Carolina. Companies worldwide are also taking notice that there are no limits to what South Carolina’s workforce can accomplish. [Read more...]
Bill will enable 2,000 new jobs & $1 billion in private investment
(Columbia, SC) – An economic development bill (S. 578) has been set on a fast track to become passed into law as early as next week. Announced earlier this week, Boeing’s SC “Phase II” expansion will double the site’s size, add at least 2,000 new jobs and commits to an additional private investment well exceeding $1 billion. This economic development legislation stems from an agreement reached between Boeing and South Carolina that will enable this Phase II expansion by allowing the state to fund in part core state infrastructure site development.
Introduced on Tuesday, the legislation has already been passed by the Senate. Today, the House set the bill to go “without reference” which places it directly on the House Calendar and will be up for debate when the House of Representatives returns in session next Tuesday.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued this statement about the General Assembly’s swift action on this job creating legislation:
“We have made a commitment to Boeing and our state keeps its word, particularly when it comes to economic development. And, as evident by the 6,000 South Carolina jobs they’ve already created, Boeing doesn’t just keep its word but greatly exceeds expectations. This is a good investment for our entire state that will create exciting new opportunities for our citizens and provide our state with huge returns. [Read more...]
Boeing to double footprint, add 2,000 new jobs & invest an additional $1 billion in SC
(Columbia, SC) – In 2009, Boeing committed to investing $750 million and creating 3,800 new jobs in our state. Boeing met those commitments four years early and now South Carolina is home to the only aircraft manufacturing campus in the world where airplanes are built start-to-finish and delivered. Today, after investing well over $1 billion, there are more than 6,000 employees on site at Boeing South Carolina.
Boeing and South Carolina’s partnership continues to grow and prosper with Boeing’s announcement of its “Phase II” expansion that will double the site’s current footprint. Conservative estimates by Boeing anticipate this expansion will add at least 2,000 new jobs and commits to an additional private investment well exceeding $1 billion.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued this statement about the announced “Phase II” expansion:
“Boeing is doing very well in South Carolina, and South Carolina is doing very well because of Boeing. Boeing’s commitment to our state and to our workforce has done nothing but exceed expectations and grow stronger since breaking ground in 2009. [Read more...]
House rejects spending billions to expand broken system
(Columbia, SC) – As the full House debated the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) section of the state budget today, amendments were offered to opt South Carolina into Obamacare’s massive new Medicaid expansion. Each attempt to force our state into implementing this Obamacare expansion was defeated by wide margins.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued the following statement about the House’s strong stance against Obamacare Expansion:
“If more money and more government produced healthier citizens, Americans should be the healthiest population on the planet – but we’re not. The current system is clearly broken but instead of trying to fix this broken system, Obamacare simply makes it bigger.
Daily nonstop flights to Northeast Corridor begin today
****Click here for an audio quote from Speaker Harrell on JetBlue
(Columbia, SC) – In September of last year, JetBlue Airlines announced it would begin servicing three daily nonstop flights between Charleston International Airport and two major markets in the Northeast – two for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and one for Boston’s Logan International Airport. JetBlue planes begin flying those new routes today.
“The skies over Charleston are a little Bluer today and our future horizons are even brighter,” said House Speaker Bobby Harrell. “JetBlue has built their company on a foundation of quality and excellence, providing outstanding service by focusing on the needs of its customers. JetBlue will greatly benefit by providing these new markets with nonstop service to the world’s top tourist destination and will soon realize that the locals they’re hiring as new ‘JetBlue Crewmembers’ are some of the most dedicated and hardest working employees in the industry.”
Bill dedicates $100M in car sales taxes to infrastructure needs
Click here to hear what Speaker Harrell told radio stations about this bill.
(Columbia, SC) – Today, by a vote of 106-5, the SC House of Representatives passed a bill (H. 3412) that uses the money generated by the current tax on car sales to establish a dedicated funding source to improve our state’s roads and bridges. The measure doesn’t raise or create any new taxes but rather prioritizes those funds to be dedicated to infrastructure improvement needs, in much the same way a 2008 House-passed bill did. That legislation died in the Senate at the end of that session.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell, lead sponsor of the bill, said, “Just as a student’s college tuition at one of our state’s universities is dedicated to funding that student’s education, this bill dedicates the sales tax on cars to maintaining the roads these cars will use.”