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A Vision for the State of South Carolina

Jason Broadwater’s Work-In-Progress Vision for South Carolina

Key Initiative

The key initiative in this vision is the Workforce For Good initiative. This initiative creates jobs through using workforce training to do public sector projects. For example, we need to repair our roads. So, let’s put less educated people to repairing roads and thus learning how to do such work, and let’s put the most educated people to work developing solar panels that we can use to pave the roads and generate electricity to put into the grid and thus contribute to the funding of the whole endeavor. Another example, we need tourism marketing for the state. So, let’s put students of workforce training to work doing our marketing and thus learning marketing, digital media, IT, programming, and creative services. Let’s have people learning to become nurses by working with our unhealthy population to battle early onset diabetes. And so on. We should create the largest workforce training initiative ever and mobilize it to do the desperately needed work of our state. Everybody wins.

Economy

Advanced Manufacturing

Other countries are not taking our jobs. Instead, automation and robotics are changing the nature of our jobs. Manufacturing output is higher than ever, but jobs in this sector have decreased steadily since 2000. But there are more jobs in our economy now than before. The point is that robots and automation create jobs and increase the value of jobs – they just are not the same jobs that got replaced. Learn More

  1. We will invest in robotics and automation.
  2. We will invest in mechanical engineering.
  3. We will develop strong relationships in manufacturing around the world, encouraging global connectivity.

Science & Health

more to come

Services Economy

  1. We will embrace the new economy as a services economy happening in the “villages” of the state.
  2. We will support programs that leverage services horizontally across industries.
  3. As well as knowledge economy services, we will actively develop programs for “lower wage” services for an all-ships-rise workforce development.

Education

K12

  1. We will fund education equally (per child) across the state.
  2. We will give the local districts their money with no mandates on how to use it.
  3. We will require reporting on progress and improvement and hold superintendents accountable for success.

Higher Ed

  1. We will make community/technical college free for any SC citizen for two years, but reorient this experience to be workforce training, working on public sector initiatives.
  2. We will support universities as the cradle of our culture, without which we are nothing but working ants.
  3. We will support modular education programs that work collaboratively for public sector good.

Workforce Training

We will develop workforce training as the backbone of our economy and our mass mobilization for public sector projects – with students doing the needed public sector work as their training – as part of the Workforce for Good initiative.

Transportation

Roads

  1. We will make all of our roads and bridges safe.
  2. We will pave some roads with solar panels and use that energy to feed the grid and generate revenue for the state.
  3. Through the Work for Good program, we will put people to work repairing our roads and bridges, creating local jobs while solving our roads issue.

Rail

  1. We will develop high speed passenger rail from Charleston to Charlotte, going through Columbia and Rock Hill and stretching out to Greenville.
  2. We will support other municipalities and counties as they invest to link into that rail “backbone” system.
  3. We will support municipalities and counties that develop local rail systems.

Local

  1. We will work with municipal and county governments and the private sector to develop localized public transportation across the state as a way to eliminate (or greatly lessen) disenfranchisement.
  2. We will teach other counties in the state how York County has had so much success with Pennies for Progress and encourage such locally controlled initiatives.
  3. We will encourage connectivity of all kinds – walking, biking, rail, and car – with an approach that doesn’t destroy or disallow one because of too great a focus another (as we have done by over-focusing on cars for the past 60 years).

Quality of Life

The Village

It’s critical that we recognize that the new economy is happening in our cities and towns. Each is a Florence in the New Renaissance. We will support placemaking initiatives of our municipalities to create vibrant “village” communities. This is not just because it makes these places better places to live, but also because it is critical to our success is the new economy. Learn More

Arts & Entertainment

more to come

Recreation

more to come

Land

Food

  1. Seek to have a state where our rural areas supply food to our urban areas.
  2. Support sustainability in farming.
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Waste

  1. Handle our own waste.
  2. Produce MUCH less waste.
  3. Develop ways to use waste as fuel.

Development

  1. Educate communities and developers on the damage created by sprawl.
  2. Support clean, dense development.
  3. Preserve land and natural resources.

Safety

Law Enforcement

more to come

Fire & Natural Disaster

more to come

Healthcare

  1. We should not look to the federal government to solve this issue. We should solve it for ourselves.
  2. We should focus on general health, wellness, and prevention as a priority for our citizens’ safety – taking on such things as childhood obesity and early onset diabetes.
  3. We should partner with hospitals and health professionals and develop workforce programs for the Workforce for Good initiative.

Funding

Simple Tax Code

We keep adding complexities to our tax code. We need to throw it out and start over with a simple code. Can it be done with three rules?

  1. Income tax for every individual is X%
  2. Sales tax on every purchase is X%
  3. Property tax on every property is X%

No exemptions, no exceptions. The example above is just an exercise in simplicity, but this is the kind of tax code we need.

Repeal Act 388

Act 388 is bad legislation that is hurting our state.

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Input from Taxpayers

Part of paying taxes should be giving your input on where you would like to see more investment. Do you want to pay taxes for education, roads, etc.? This gives us a valuable point of input from citizens on how they think taxpayer money should be spent.

We could even have the option for a taxpayer to paying more if we can guarantee that his or her money went to a specific area of focus. (As I often hear people say things like, “I’d pay MORE taxes if I knew it went to our schools and not just to Columbia.” Therefore, we test that claim and see if people would really do it.)